Tuesday, June 11, 2019

"Exhale: Lose Who You're Not, Love Who You Are, Live Your One Life Well"--move from running-on-empty to spent-and-content

Exhale: Lose Who You're Not, Love Who You Are, Live Your One Life Well

Move from running-on-empty to spent-and-content.

Exhale is for the woman who is suffocating under the pressures of being all things to all people. The pressure of filling every unfilled spot at church, home, and work. The pressure of trying to do it all right, make decisions that benefit everyone else, and keep everyone happy.

Rather than adding more to your to-do list, in this book Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory show you how to

- lose who you're not
- love who you are
- live your one life well

This isn't a time management book filled with how-to lists and calendar tools. Rather, it walks you through a process that releases you from the things that have created unbearable pressure. Then you'll be free to start investing your life in ways that fulfill the desires of your heart, benefit your people, and bring glory to God.

Includes Now Breathe activities that correspond to each chapter's content and interactive assessments to help you move toward gentle change.

MY REVIEW: "Exhale: Lose Who You're Not, Love Who You Are, Live Your One Life Well" is designed to help readers create a release valve to let loose the tightening squeeze of everyday life pressures. Authors Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory have created a process of evaluation, enlightenment, and emancipation to help you manage the larger issues without sweating the small stuff. For someone like me, who has long felt compelled to achieve every personal and professional goal--or else feel like a failure--this book offers invaluable life lessons and spiritual food for thought. The three main sections of the book are "Lose Who You're Not". "Love Who You Are", and "Live Your One Life Well". Through common sense, self-care, renewal of faith, and learning your own self-worth, you can learn to exhale, and then breath back in the clean, fresh air of simple joy and happy purpose.

Book Copy Gratis Bethany House Books

Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll 

Amy Carroll is a speaker and writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries and the author of Exhale and Breaking Up with Perfect. She's a woman who loves great stories and challenging ideas, so co-hosting the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast has also become one of her favorite things.

As the director and coach of Next Step Coaching Services, a coaching service for speakers and writers, her Kindle eGuides are powerful tools to help Christian speakers create compelling messages.

Amy and her husband live in lovely North Carolina. You can find her on any given day texting her two adult sons, typing at her computer, or trying to figure out one more alternative to cooking dinner. Share life with Amy at www.amycarroll.org, listen to her podcast at https://gritngracegirls.com/ and find out more about her speaker coaching services at http://www.nextstepcoachingservices.com/.  

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory 

Cheri Gregory is an author, speaker, blogger, writing coach, high school English teacher, and PhD candidate. She speaks and writes from the conviction that "how-to" works best in partnership with "heart, too."

Cheri blogs about breaking free from perfectionism and people-pleasing, and being an *HSP, at www.CheriGregory.com and www.SensitiveAndStrong. She also co-hosts a podcast called "Grit 'n' Grace: Good Girls Breaking Bad Rules" with Amy Carroll: www.GritNGraceGirls.com

Cheri has a BA in English, an MA in Leadership, and is pursuing her PhD in Leadership. She is researching the organic growth and practice of "bestowed leadership" -- the kind of influence that naturally develops as Christian women write and speak with authenticity and vulnerability.

Cheri has been "wife of my youth" to Daniel, her opposite personality, for almost twenty-eight years. They are parents of two young adults, who are also opposite personalities: Annemarie (25) and Jonathon (24).

"NOTTINGHAM"--author Nathan Makaryk's epic and daring debut rewrites the Robin Hood legend, giving voice to those history never mentioned and challenging who's really a hero and a villain


Both a gripping historical epic and fascinating deconstruction of the Robin Hood legend, Nathan Makaryk's Nottingham mixes history and myth into a complex study of power--one that twists and turns far beyond the traditional tale of Sherwood Forest's iconic thief.

No king. No rules.

England, 1191. King Richard is half a world away, fighting for God and his own ambition. Back home, his country languishes, bankrupt and on the verge of anarchy. People with power are running unchecked. People without are growing angry. And in Nottingham, one of the largest shires in England, the sheriff seems intent on doing nothing about it.

As the leaves turn gold in the Sherwood Forest, the lives of six people--Arable, a servant girl with a secret, Robin and William, soldiers running from their pasts, Marion, a noblewoman working for change, Guy of Gisbourne, Nottingham's beleaguered guard captain, and Elena Gamwell, a brash, ambitious thief--become intertwined.

And a strange story begins to spread . . .

The most pleasurable reading experience I've had since first discovering George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.” — Bryan Cogman, Co-Executive Producer and Writer, Game of Thrones

Nathan Makaryk

Nathan Makaryk 

Nathan is a writer, playwright, actor, director, and comedian. He is a co-owner of the Maverick Theater in Fullerton, CA, where he premiered his original play "The Legend of Robin Hood" in April 2012. This work was later developed into his debut historical epic NOTTINGHAM, published by Tor/Forge Books in August 2019.

"Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes to Cook Together"--serves up everything you need to feed your budding chef’s interests with yummy-in-the-tummy recipes that you can make together--plus tons of tips and guidance on how to keep the kitchen a safe space

Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes to Cook Together

Cook up big fun with your little chef.

When your toddler’s curiosity for the kitchen is bigger than their little hands can handle―it’s time to put on an apron and open this book! Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook serves up everything you need to feed your budding chef’s interests with yummy-in-the-tummy recipes that you can make together.

Never cooked with your little one before? Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook makes choosing what you’ll fix as easy as 1, 2, 3 with recipes that are labeled by difficulty. Plus, you’ll also find tons of tips and guidance on how to keep the kitchen a safe space where lots of fun takes place.

Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook includes:
  • Meals you make (and eat!) together―Help your toddler discover tasty new foods―like Pumpkin French Toast Sticks and Chicken BLT Kebabs―with 40 healthy mealtime, snack, and dessert recipes.
  • Easy-peasy instructions―This toddler cookbook highlights child-friendly steps, making it easy for you to know exactly how your toddler can help with every dish.
  • Savory foods, sweet memories―Each recipe includes space for you and your budding chef to record your experiences, making this toddler cookbook a wonderful keepsake of first cooking memories.
Inspire a lifetime of loving food and cooking (and make some lifelong memories, too) with Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook.


Heather Wish Staller

Heather Wish Staller says:

"I'm mom to two boys, cooking instructor, recipe developer, Instagram lover, and veggie enthusiast. I have a passion for getting kids into the kitchen and helping parents raise happy, healthy eaters and future home chefs. I teach cooking to kids of all ages and also develop and photograph fun, healthy recipes to share on my blog and social media channels. After going to Bowdoin College (where I met my husband), I fulfilled my lifelong dream of going to culinary school. When I'm not cooking with my favorite ingredients--cream cheese, avocado, and kale--you can find me spending time with my boys at our home by the beach outside Boston. Please visit my website, HappyKidsKitchen.com, and @heather.happykidskitchen on Instagram to join a wonderful community of food-loving parents.

"How to Be Nice to Yourself: The Everyday Guide to Self-Compassion: Effective Strategies to Increase Self-Love and Acceptance"--filled with easy-to-use advice drawn from a variety of sources—including meditation, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy--help find the right way to start feeling good about yourself

How to Be Nice to Yourself: The Everyday Guide to Self-Compassion: Effective Strategies to Increase Self-Love and Acceptance


Practice deep self compassion with a wide range of strategies.

Today’s the day to start loving yourself. How to Be Nice to Yourself makes it simple to start practicing self compassion with a wide variety of techniques and strategies that anyone can learn.

Filled with easy-to-use advice drawn from a variety of sources—including meditation, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy—this book will help you find the right way to start feeling good about yourself.

How to Be Nice to Yourself: The Everyday Guide to Self Compassion includes:
  • Proven Strategies—Learn a variety of ways to practice self compassion daily—with meditations, writing exercises, and more.
  • Practical Advice—Bring self compassion to your thoughts, emotions, and actions with exercises that can easily be applied to your daily life.
  • Personalized Approach—Customize your self compassion practice with a personalized plan based on what matters to you and the kind of changes you want to see.
Start loving yourself with the techniques that work best for you. You’ll discover them in How to be Nice to Yourself: The Everyday Guide to Self Compassion.

MY REVIEW: In "How to be Nice to Yourself: The Everyday Guide to Self Compassion",  author Laura R. Silberstein-Tirch advises: "Today's the day to start loving yourself.". Through an assortment of strategies and techniques such as meditation, mindfulness (bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment), and practical advice--plus a variety of self-help therapies-- she guides readers toward practicing daily self-compassion. In addition to following the general guidelines, readers are encouraged to customize their "self-compassion plan" by recognizing what matters most to them and to also note what changes they hope to make. "Self-compassion" is defined, and reasoning is offered for why we need it in our lives. The author advises: "This book is about how you can develop self-compassion to help navigate your life with greater awareness, mindfulness, and kindness for yourself and all those you encounter.". While this book is about self-compassion and learning how to be nice to yourself, it also includes compassion for the struggles of others.

Book Copy Gratis Callisto Publishers

Laura R. Silberstein-Tirch

Laura R. Silberstein-Tirch

LAURA SILBERSTEIN-TIRCH, PSY.D. is the director of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy. In addition to her work at The Center, Dr. Silberstein-Tirch serves as an adjunct assistant professor and clinical student supervisor at the Ferkauf School of Psychology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

"Home for Erring and Outcast Girls"--by Julie Kibler--An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for "fallen girls," and inspired by historical events

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

In turn-of-the-20th century Texas, the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is an unprecedented beacon of hope for young women consigned to the dangerous poverty of the streets by birth, circumstance, or personal tragedy. Built in 1903 on the dusty outskirts of Arlington, a remote dot between Dallas and Fort Worth's red-light districts, the progressive home bucks public opinion by offering faith, training, and rehabilitation to prostitutes, addicts, unwed mothers, and "ruined" girls without forcibly separating mothers from children. When Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet there--one sick and abused, but desperately clinging to her young daughter, the other jilted by the beau who fathered her ailing son--they form a friendship that will see them through unbearable loss, heartbreak, difficult choices, and ultimately, diverging paths.

A century later, Cate Sutton, a reclusive university librarian, uncovers the hidden histories of the two troubled women as she stumbles upon the cemetery on the home's former grounds and begins to comb through its archives in her library. Pulled by an indescribable connection, what Cate discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past, and to reclaim the life she thought she'd let go forever. With great pathos and powerful emotional resonance, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls explores the dark roads that lead us to ruin, and the paths we take to return to ourselves.

Advance praise for Home for Erring and Outcast Girls:

“A world in which young, single mothers had few options—and even fewer advocates—comes to life in Julie Kibler’s skilled hands. Based on the history of the Berachah Industrial Home in Arlington, Texas, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls deftly reimagines the wounded women who came seeking a second chance and a sustaining hope. Their lives are raw and heartbreaking, their struggles an answer to a timeless question: Can friendship heal us after the world has broken us?” – Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls is a moving tale of friendship and resilience. It is the story of three different women, each of them betrayed and abandoned, and the ways in which they find their way home. Emotional. Raw. Compelling. Julie Kibler writes with skill, compassion, and grace.” – Ariel Lawhon, author of I Was Anastasia

"Julie Kibler explores with splendid insight what it’s like to feel exiled from the very people you thought would stand by you and for you no matter what, and that sometimes home is not the place where you were raised but rather the place where you found the strength to rise up out of despair. Memorable and surprising and hopeful." – Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Last Year of the War


Calling Me Home 

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship.

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son's irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.

Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family's housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren't allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle's first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.

Julie Kibler

Julie Kibler 

Julie Kibler is the bestselling author of Home for Erring and Outcast Girls and Calling Me Home, which was an IndieNext List pick, Target Club Pick, and Ladies' Home Journal Book Club Pick, published in fifteen languages. She has a bachelor's degree in English and journalism and a master's degree in library science and lives with her family, including four rescued dogs and cats, in Texas.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

From beloved author JANET DAILEY--"BANNON BROTHERS SERIES"--With relentless suspense and a deft feel for creating men of power and character, Janet Dailey introduces three unforgettable brothers: RJ, Linc, and Deke Bannon

Cold cases aren't RJ Bannon's usual line of work. But Ann Montgomery's long-ago abduction is too intriguing to pass up. Ann was just three when she was taken in the night from her family's historic Virginia mansion more than twenty-five years ago. The socially prominent Montgomerys launched a heartbreaking search but no trace of the missing girl was ever found.

Bannon knows the chances of finding her now--alive or dead--are slim, yet he can't stop searching for answers. Especially once he meets Erin Randall. A beautiful, talented local artist, she seems to share some tantalizing connections with the vanished Ann. As the legacy of lies and deception comes to a shocking climax, a hidden menace explodes, and Bannon vows to protect Erin at all costs. . .even if it puts his own life on the line. . .

Praise for Janet Dailey and Bannon Brothers: Trust

"Dailey launches her Bannon Brothers trilogy with this fast-paced, compelling romantic mystery." --Library Journal

"Romance and suspense blend seamlessly into the tightly crafted plot." --Romantic Times

Never Let You Down…

Rugged. Tall. Built to last. Linc Bannon has it all--and he's there every time Kenzie needs him. Their mission is to serve their country stateside, Linc in high-level intelligence, Kenzie training combat dogs. Independent and sexy, Kenzie is definitely one of a kind--and the only one he wants. But if you ask her, she doesn't need a hero in her life.

Until two of her friends, thousands of miles apart, are suddenly struck down. One, a soldier, is dead; the other, a civilian, is barely alive. Linc goes into action and uncovers a lethal web connecting the tragic events. A killer is at large, unhinged and with unfinished business. Now Kenzie has no choice but to join forces with the one man who can get past her defenses. . .

The Bannon brothers are a breed apart, ready to face any challenge.

Deke Bannon, federal criminal investigator, risks his life just about every damn day--but that doesn't mean he'll let Kelly Johns do the same. The gorgeous news anchor doesn't care that her life is in peril for knowing too much and trying to find out more. To protect Kelly, Deke will have to keep her close--no matter how hard she fights him.

Good luck with that. Kelly's every instinct tells her she's stumbled across the story of her career. But there's a catch. Without Deke, she can't infiltrate the dark underworld operating beyond the reach of the law. With him, she's in a whole other kind of danger. On the case, Deke Bannon is a force of nature--unpredictable, unstoppable, and always one step ahead of her. Except when he takes her in his arms--and the world stands still for both of them.


Janet Dailey

Janet Anne Haradon Dailey was an American author of numerous romance novels as Janet Dailey (her married name). Her novels have been translated into nineteen languages and have sold over 300 million copies worldwide.

Born in 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa, she attended secretarial school in Omaha, Nebraska before meeting her husband, Bill. Bill and Janet worked together in construction and land development until they "retired" to travel throughout the United States, inspiring Janet to write the Americana series of romances, where she set a novel in every state of the Union. In 1974, Janet Dailey was the first American author to write for Harlequin. Her first novel was NO QUARTER ASKED.

She had since gone on to write approximately 90 novels, 21 of which have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List. She won many awards and accolades for her work, appearing widely on Radio and Television. Today, there are over three hundred million Janet Dailey books in print in 19 different languages, making her one of the most popular novelists in the world.

Janet Dailey passed away peacefully in her home in Branson on Saturday, December 14, 2013. She was 69. 

CELEBRATING POST #900--'À votre santé!'--with "THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE"--from author Kristin Harmel--a moving, time-spanning story set amid the champagne vineyards of northern France during the darkest days of World War II

The Winemaker's Wife

Champagne, 1940: Inès has just married Michel, the owner of storied champagne house Maison Chauveau, when the Germans invade. As the danger mounts, Michel turns his back on his marriage to begin hiding munitions for the Résistance. Inès fears they’ll be exposed, but for Céline, half-Jewish wife of Chauveau’s chef de cave, the risk is even greater—rumors abound of Jews being shipped east to an unspeakable fate.

When Céline recklessly follows her heart in one desperate bid for happiness, and Inès makes a dangerous mistake with a Nazi collaborator, they risk the lives of those they love—and the champagne house that ties them together.

New York, 2019: Liv Kent has just lost everything when her eccentric French grandmother shows up unannounced, insisting on a trip to France. But the older woman has an ulterior motive—and a tragic, decades-old story to share. When past and present finally collide, Liv finds herself on a road to salvation that leads right to the caves of the Maison Chauveau.



“Love and betrayal, forgiveness and redemption combine in a heady tale of the ever present past…fantastic!" (Pam Jenoff, NYT bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris)

“With exceptional skill, Kristin Harmel constructs The Winemaker's Wife between the past and the present, giving equal weight and importance to both, all the while weaving a tale full of secrets and betrayals that puts to the test mankind's strength, fragility and vileness. Once you start reading this moving novel, you will not be able to put it down until you reach the last page.”  (Armando Lucas Correa, bestselling author of THE GERMAN GIRL)

"Written in heart-wrenching prose, THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE is a complex story of love, betrayal and impossible courage set in the champagne growing region of France during World War II. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and savored every moment at the same time." (Anita Hughes, bestselling author of Christmas in Paris)

“What could be better than a story of champagne, secrets, lies, and history from a writer as compulsively readable as Kristin Harmel? Pick up this epic and heart-wrenching WWII tale immediately!” (Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of SAVING ZOE)

"Harmel's engrossing latest reminds us that love, like resistance, begins with courage." (People on THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE)

“Set against all the danger and drama of WWII Paris, this heartfelt novel will keep you turning the pages until the very last word.” (New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe)

 "Reminiscent of The Nightingale and The Map of the Heart, Kristin Harmel's THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE is an emotional, heart-breaking, inspiring tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love."(NYTimes bestselling author Mariah Stewart)

"The strong and courageous inhabitants of THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE occupied all my time until the tender and powerful final pages. Beautifully written, Kristin Harmel’s latest is an unforgettable exploration of love and hope during the darkest of moments." (Amy E. Reichert, author of The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go)

“Harmel writes a poignant novel based loosely on the true story of an American woman who helped on the Comet Line, which rescued hundreds of airmen and soldiers. This compelling story celebrates hope and bravery in the face of evil.” (Booklist)

"Harmel injects new life into a well-worn story in this hopeful three-voiced tale about the struggle to find normalcy amid the horrors of WWII... Harmel’s emotionally fraught story hammers home the message that each person has a unique opportunity to stand against injustice. This is a celebration of those, like Ruby, who found the courage to face life head-on." (Publishers Weekly)


The Room on Rue Amélie 

For fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls, this powerful novel of fate, resistance, and family—by the international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and When We Meet Again—tells the tale of an American woman, a British RAF pilot, and a young Jewish teenager whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the tumultuous days of World War II.

When newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband Marcel, she imagines strolling arm in arm along the grand boulevards, awash in the golden afternoon light. But war is looming on the horizon, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to splinter, too.

Charlotte Dacher is eleven when the Germans roll into the French capital, their sinister swastika flags snapping in the breeze. After the Jewish restrictions take effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, Charlotte can’t imagine things getting much worse. But then the mass deportations begin, and her life is ripped forever apart.

Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country, but when his beloved mother dies in a German bombing during the waning days of the Blitz, he wonders if he’s really making a difference. Then he finds himself in Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and he discovers a new reason to keep fighting—and an unexpected road home.

When fate brings them together, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas must summon the courage to defy the Nazis—and to open their own broken hearts—as they fight to survive. Rich with historical drama and emotional depth, this is an unforgettable story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

Kristin Harmel

Kristin Harmel

Kristin Harmel is the international bestselling author of THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE, THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING, THE LIFE INTENDED, WHEN WE MEET AGAIN, and several other novels. Her latest, THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE, is coming in August 2019 from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men’s Health, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Travel + Leisure, and more.

Kristin grew up in Peabody, Mass.; Worthington, Ohio; and St. Petersburg, Fla., and she graduated with a degree in journalism (with a minor in Spanish) from the University of Florida. After spending time living in Paris, she now lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband and young son.

"The Bromance Book Club"-- from author Lyssa Kay Adams--funny, revealingly human contemporary fiction--"Men who read turn the pages indeed!"

The Bromance Book Club

The first rule of book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

"The Prediabetes Action Plan and Cookbook: A Simple Guide to Getting Healthy and Reversing Prediabetes"--an easy-to-follow whole-health plan for cooking nutritious meals and incorporating beneficial routines and activities.

The Prediabetes Action Plan and Cookbook: A Simple Guide to Getting Healthy and Reversing Prediabetes

The right-now plan to reverse prediabetes.

Today is a fresh start. Today you make a small change that can make a big difference in your life. Today you start reversing your prediabetes diagnosis. Let this book be your guide.

The Prediabetes Action Plan and Cookbook is your strategy for kick-starting a healthier lifestyle and preventing prediabetes from turning into diabetes. From resetting your diet with a 2-week meal plan to introducing exercise and other healthy habits into your life, this cookbook gives you the tools and recipes you need to take control of your health and life.

The Prediabetes Action Plan and Cookbook includes:
  • Prediabetes explained―Learn how nutrients affect blood sugar levels and get practical info on how to decipher nutritional labels and control portions.
  • 2-week meal and activity plan―Get started off right with an easy-to-follow whole-health plan for cooking nutritious meals and incorporating beneficial routines and activities.
  • 75 delicious recipes―Healthy meets hearty (and happy) with recipes that everyone can enjoy like Spinach and Cheese Quiche, Baked Parmesan-Crusted Halibut, Carrot Cake, and so much more.
You know you have to make changes―The Prediabetes Action Plan and Cookbook gives you the information and support you need to help make it happen.

MY REVIEW: Cheryl Mussatto, author of "The Prediabetes Action Plan and Cookbook: A Simple Guide to Getting Healthy and Reversing Prediabetes", is a registered dietician, teacher, and blogger (Eat Well to Be Well). She states that her more than thirty years experience as a health care professional, especially her time as a clinical dietician in an endocrinology clinic, have given her the insight and inspiration to help those with prediabetes achieve a manageable healthy lifestyle. Included in the book is an explanation of what "prediabetes" means--plus foods to avoid and foods to include, how to read a nutrition label, healthy meal plans and activity suggestions, and much more. The 75 recipes cover breakfast through dessert, and there's something there to please everyone. Here's a sampler of the many delicious dishes you will find: "Whole-Grain Breakfast Cookies"; "Mushroom, Zucchini, and Onion Frittata"; "Lentil and Vegetable Soup"; "Herb-Roasted Chicken Breast"; "Vegetable Rolls with Dipping Sauce"; "Sauteed Greens"; "Black Bean and Corn Salad"; "Sweet Potato Fries"; "Creamy French Dressing"; "Mushroom Gravy"; "Dark Chocolate Drops"; "Carrot Cake"; and "Chocolate-Zucchini Cupcakes". A nutritional breakdown is provided for each recipe. I couldn't resist making the "Dark Chocolate Drops". Very simple--melted dark chocolate is combined with chopped dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. The hard part was waiting for them to set until they were firm enough to eat. They were so good, and they would make a sweet-treat of a gift packed in a pretty tin and given to someone special.

Book Copy Gratis Callisto Publishers



“If you want a whole-lifestyle action plan to improve your blood sugar after a diagnosis of prediabetes, this is the book for you. Cheryl has outlined not only the optimal nutrition-based changes, but also an exercise, sleep, and stress management plan. The two-week action plan provides small yet achievable steps that anyone can make to be healthier and help lower the risk of diabetes. She understands that all lifestyle factors, not just nutrition, play a role in true health. The recipes are easy and delicious as well. As a Registered Dietitian myself, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to live a healthier lifestyle.”–Ana Reisdorf, MS, RD, writer, and author of The Lupus Cookbook, www.anareisdorf.com

“Cheryl has provided an invaluable resource for patients with prediabetes. From managing your cravings to cooking delicious recipes, this book contains everything you need to not only reverse your prediabetes diagnosis but also aid in healthy weight loss.”—Stephanie Sisk, APRN, certified specialist in obesity and weight management

“If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, you'll want to get your hands on The Prediabetes Action Plan and Cookbook as soon as possible. Cheryl Mussatto does a great job explaining prediabetes and lays out a step-by-step plan to reverse the diagnosis using a whole-health approach. The recipes are easy and delicious, and the two-week meal plan gives you a jumpstart on your new way of healthy living.”—Bonnie R. Giller, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator/Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and author of Enjoying Food Peace: Recipes and Intuitive Eating Wisdom to Nourish Your Body and Mind, BRGHealth.com

Cheryl Mussatto

Cheryl Mussatto is a registered and licensed dietitian with more than 25 years of experience working in her profession as a dietitian. She holds a bachelor's degree in Dietetics and Institutional Management from Kansas State University and a Master's degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Kansas.

Cheryl has a diverse background in dietetics having worked in a variety of settings from Director of the Dietary Department at St. Mary's Hospital, the Women, Infants, Children Program as a Dietitian at Lyon County Health Department, and at the Emporia Medical Clinic as a clinical dietitian, all in Emporia, Kansas. She has also worked as a consulting dietitian for Peterson Nursing Home in Osage City, Kansas.

Cheryl currently works as a clinical dietitian at Cotton O'Neal Endocrinology Clinic in Topeka and Osage City, Kansas primarily working with people who have type 1 or 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes; she also is an adjunct professor teaching Basic Nutrition at Allen Community College in Burlingame, Kansas; and is a freelance writer for a urologist in New York City.

She has written for and has been quoted widely in national media and has been a frequent guest on radio. Her specialties are nutrition counseling for diabetes, weight management, insulin resistance, high blood pressure/cholesterol, pregnancy, breastfeeding, infant and childhood feeding and health eating for lifestyle changes for all ages. Learn more about Cheryl at eatwelltobewellrd.com

"Instant Pot® Vegetarian Cookbook: Fast and Healthy Recipes for Your Favorite Electric Pressure Cooker"-75+ mouthwatering, vegetarian dishes from around the world--plus the most important Instant Pot basics-

Instant Pot® Vegetarian Cookbook: Fast and Healthy Recipes for Your Favorite Electric Pressure Cooker

Your Instant Pot® just became vegetarian!

Marrying the popular multicooker with vegetarian recipes for the first time, the Instant Pot® Vegetarian Cookbook makes it simple to prepare healthy and hearty vegetarian plates.

A lifelong vegetarian and pressure-cooking enthusiast, Srividhya Gopalakrishnan uniquely understands how to make the most of veggie-packed, multicooker meals. Inside this Instant Pot cookbook, she teaches you the most important Instant Pot basics while also introducing you to 75+ mouthwatering, vegetarian dishes from around the world. Suggestions for substituting ingredients, making creative use of leftovers, and more are included as well.

This complete vegetarian Instant Pot cookbook includes:
  • 75+ VEGETARIAN DISHES―Cook-up Enchilada Casserole, Chana Masala, Strawberry-Chocolate Cake, and a variety of other healthy and satisfying vegetarian dishes with this Instant Pot cookbook.
  • STEP-BY-STEP GUIDANCE―This Instant Pot cookbook has recipes and cooking charts that feature timing, pressure level, and how to best release the pressure.
  • TIPS TO SHAKE IT UP―Get advice for turning recipes vegan, exciting ways to use your leftovers, ideas for transforming recipes, and more.
Discover how simple (and delicious) vegetarian cooking can be with this Instant Pot cookbook.

MY REVIEW: Srividhya Gopalakrishnan, the author of "Instant Pot® Vegetarian Cookbook: Fast and Healthy Recipes for Your Favorite Electric Pressure Cooker", is a happy home cook and food blogger who is a lifelong vegetarian and an enthusiastic fan of the pressure-cooking method. The author states that her love of cooking began in her early teens in India when her mother taught her the basics of everyday meal preparation. She also advises that her love of cooking continued to grow, and, with her family's encouragement and support, she learned more about many varieties of vegetables and spices and began to develop her own recipes. As an adult, she moved from India to the United States and was introduced to a wide world of new cultures and cuisines. Always a fan of pressure cooking for its convenience, speed, and better retention of food nutrients, she has put her knowledge and experience into creating this delightful cookbook and pressure-cooking guide, which is authorized by the Instant Pot brand. The book includes 77 colorful,healthy, and delicious vegetarian recipes like these: "Deviled Potatoes"; "Green Bean Stir Fry"; "Caribbean-Style Beans and Rice"; "Pinto Bean and Vegetable Tacos"; "Tomato-Basil Soup"; "French Onion Soup"; "Broccoli-Cheddar Soup"; "Thai-Pineapple Fried Rice"; "Vegetable Jambalaya"; "Pasta Primavera"; "Apple-Cinnamon Oat Porridge"; "Enchilada Casserole"; "Bread Pudding"; and "Strawberry-Chocolate Cake". Along with the recipes, you'll also find helpful hints on which foods work best and which foods to avoid, pantry staples, cooking time charts, and much more.   

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Srividhya Gopalakrishnan
Srividhya Gopalakrishnan
Srividhya Gopalakrishnan was born in India, and she moved to the US in 2007. She is a Software Engineer and a passionate home cook and a food blogger. As much as she loves to develop websites, she likes to create new recipes and explore traditional food and research about food ingredients. She started her blog vidhyashomecooking.com in 2009 to share her family recipes and to record her vegan and vegetarian recipes and revive authentic Indian Food. She lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband, son, and four-legged fur child.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

"GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY SERIES" FROM AWESOME AUTHOR ALEXANDRA IVY--They are the Guardians of Eternity, and are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual—and their hungering appetites are legendary...


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Guardians of Eternity Series

They are the Guardians of Eternity, and are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual—and their hungering appetites are legendary...

Alexandra Ivy 


"I'm not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother's knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I'm not admitting how many) I'm still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes."