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BENEATH STILL WATERS: A Novel ~Cynthia A. Graham

Monday, March 7th, 2016

About the Author:

“As a child, Cynthia A. Graham spent every weekend and vacation in the cotton belt of Missouri where she grew to love the mystery and beauty of the stark, delta plane.  Today, Cynthia lives in St. Louis where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a B.A. in English.  She has won several awards for her short stories and has been published in both university and national literary publication.  She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the St. Louis Writer’s Guild. ~BENEATH STILL WATERS is her first novel.” (Cover)

Hick Blackburn has returned from World War II and has been elected Sheriff of Cherokee Crossing, Arkansas.  He is having a difficult time returning to his hometown and letting go of the war.  At 22 he is doing his very best, although he is missing his father very much.  His father the Principal of the local school was someone who Hick admired and learned from; his father died while he was off fighting.

In this small town there are lots of stories and as we mature we have to learn to let go of what we learned as a child and see the moments of reality.  This is quite a study of the good and evil within people and how they use their lives to make decisions.

Two young boys fishing at the slough find a headless baby, Sheriff Blackburn has to put all his skills into play to solve this mystery. He does not have computers or databases or even DNA testing.  Who is this child and what is the story behind her death?  This event raises the spectrum of atrocities, which he witnessed during the war and causes grief and nightmares.

There is not much work in this town and the secondary characters are not as detailed as Blackburn.  Their stories begin to fall into place during the twists as the end of the story unfolds.  The author has certainly caught the small town, southern mentality and the mythology, which can often hold a place together.  The ignorance of the community and the smallness of thinking is well exerted in the story and I found it hardly different years and years later when I was living in the area.  Beautiful part of the country and the author shares the story well

A good read and a good escape into another time period and human interaction.  Although a mystery is solved, the book is a bigger look at human behavior and the trauma of war.

TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of this book for review and I enjoyed the read very much.

Cynthia A. Graham Webpage

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SUGAR CRUSH: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health ~By Dr. Richard P. Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Suffering with nerve pain, foot sores, generally feeling tired and worn down, taking a number of pills and not finding relief, not a true diagnosis, and maybe diagnosed as diabetic?  Dr. Jacoby to the rescue with his new book SUGAR CRUSH.  He does not mince words and the book is clear and the explanations are exacting and detailed without being overwhelming.  The big names in nutrition and healing are a part of the story he shares with the reader.  It is not easy to read as it tells it like it is with concise words and lots of truth.

TLC Book Tours sent me the book for review and picked the date of posting with this read.  I was at the start of a 20-day detox diet and then a 36-hour fast before having some major lab tests.   I found the book to be informative and sometimes scary; primarily it reminded me of what I already knew and was encouraged to keep making progress on my regime.  There is a great deal of “Tough Love” on each of the pages.

“Dr. Jacoby ushers us into a new paradigm by ‘connecting the dots’ for the treatment of neuropathy.” (Cover) Robert G. Parker, DPM, FACFAS, FASP, PA

The connection between sugar and illness, especially inflammation, is crystal clear and they only way to stop the progress of disease in the body is to stop using sugar and many carbohydrates.  Dr. Jacoby’s patients who have followed his plan have reversed their pain, and the diseases’ progression; stopped the nerve destruction and damage.  It is not easy, but millions of people are now doing just this before they get to a lifetime of pills and surgeries, headaches and non-healing sores and lesions.  It is a strong, loud wake up call.

Dr. Jacoby still performs a great deal of surgery and like Dr. David Perlmutter, author of GRAIN BRAIN; he is making big inroads to the halting of disease and the recovery of health.  It is a holistic understanding of how the compression of nerves and how digestive issues, migraines, ALS, and diabetes can all be healed by removing addicting sugar from the diet.  There are quizzes and asides with short explanations and good nutritional expertise.

I believe this will be another bestseller and a very useful tool.   My lab work was awesome by the way and I was taken off 2 medications after following the instructions found here and the Detox Diet.  SUGAR CRUSH provided an awesome combination of learning and change bringing me benefit.

Dr. Richard P. Jacoby is one of the country’s leading peripheral nerve surgeons, specializing in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy.  He is a cofounder of the Scottsdale Healthcare Wound Management Center and is the former president of the Arizona Podiatry Association and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.  He lives in Scottsdale with his wife and two children.

Raquel Baldelomar is the founder of Quaintise, a health care marketing and advertising agency, and is a contributing writer for Advertising Age, Modern Healthcare, and Physician magazine.  She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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L.A. ROTTEN: A Tom Tanner Mystery Novel ~Jeff Klima

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

“As an expert crime-scene cleaner, Tom Tanner charges big money to carve out bullets, mop up fluids, disinfect walls, and dispose of whatever’s left of whomever was unlucky enough to require his services. For a handsome young ex-con determined to stay out of trouble, it’s practically a dream job—until he discovers a grisly pattern to his work: a string of gruesome murders at a cheap motel chain, always in Room 236.

While prying into a serial killer’s nasty scheme, Tom finds himself with a sharp-witted strip-bar waitress plastered to his side—and his conscience. Even more surprising, the killer starts prying into his life, luring Tom into a twisted friendship. As Tom struggles against his adversary’s wicked whims, risking the lives of the few people he holds dear, bodies pile up everywhere he turns. With a psychopath calling the shots, Tom has little choice but to clean house once and for all.”  (from Amazon’s book page)

Lots of folks will enjoy reading this book, the tension and the street language and the sex.   I know that some of those folks who will like this book read my reviews or purchase books for their partners who like this kind of story.

I loved the GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and I enjoy a good mystery, but this one was a bit too close to porn and street/gutter level reading when I got to the part of using a power saw to cut up and clean up a gang murder (in minute detail) I switched to speed reading and testing how fast I could go.  I did not want to tell people about this book.  There was a brief part of redemption and guilt release that was valuable for a reason to have read this book.  I do not at this time want to read any more of the books in this series.

I thank TLC Book Tours  for expanding my reading horizons. I have reviewed and now wish to not say anything else.

I do know readers who will want to read L A ROTTEN.

About the Author (from Kindle book)

Jeff Klima spent years in the grime and guts of Southern California as a co-founder of Orange County Crime Scene Cleaners.  He is a temporary survivor of Los Angeles and now resides in Ohio, where there is less danger but more corn.  Although he’s hard at work on another Tom Tanner mystery, he still finds time to write short bios about himself or the backs of his other books.  Also, check out THE DEAD JANITORS CLUB – that’s a good one.

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THE ANGEL OF LOSSES: A Novel ~Stephanie Feldman

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

“’And what were you born for, my eldest?’  The rebbe asked. ‘Besides bringing disappointment to your family.’”
“ I was born to put the beauty of the world onto paper.  I was born to be a scribe.”
“’Ah’, the rebbe said.  ‘Then you give me nothing, nothing but disappointment.’” (uncorrected proof copy page 29)


The significant theme in this novel for me was the relationship between the two sisters and how that played out throughout THE ANGEL OF LOSSES.  Two New Jersey daughters, who were born four years apart, were very close all of their lives until they went to college and their Grandfather moved out of their family home to Coney Island where he died.  Their Grandfather Eli took care of the girls while parents worked and told them old stories and myths but nothing about his childhood.  Eli Burke was very angry about religion and especially about the Jews and their Berukhim School in the neighborhood.   His son, the girl’s father was raised as a Gentile (I would have said Protestant) yet the family did not practice any faith except events like Christmas.  At nineteen, Holly, the younger daughter, converts to an Orthodox Jewish Sect to marry Nathan a scribe who is older and this causes a rift between the sisters.

THE ANGEL OF LOSSES is about the heritage of WWII and Jewish Mythology highlighting the story of the Wandering Jew. Marjorie, the older sister, is actually getting her Ph.D. and her dissertation is about the Wandering Jew.  Eli Burke has left his granddaughters 4 notebooks about the major parts of the myth and about his childhood during the German invasion of Russia and the destruction of his family.  The notebooks are hidden and Marjorie spends her time trying to find the journals before her brother-in-law Nathan interferes with the family’s truth.

Through the author’s telling of the journey, the reader can begin to understand how the legacy of the war and loss, and the legacy of the old mythology can unleash secrets and lies which will affect and effect a family for generations to come.  How guilt, secrets, omissions and childish beliefs can harm others and separate families and futures; how the actions of wars keep on destroying well into the future.

These secrets nearly cost the life of the newest baby and Marjorie must work diligently to figure out what the message is being sent to her in her dreams then find and interpret her Grandfather’s notebooks.   Marjorie was destined to shed a light on these old stories and clear out the ghosts and myths which defeated family unity.

THE ANGEL OF LOSSES includes whole sections of the story of the Wandering Rabbis and that can be very interesting reading to those who do not know them. The argumentative and competitive nature of the brother in law was a bit hard to pinpoint until I started thinking of him as mildly autistic and focused on nothing relevant to the current times.  He was a disappointment trying to be significant. I too had a hard time with the negativity of the grandfather’s stories and there was not enough balance about the good times they shared like pancakes at a café and park visits.  These myths truly ruled his life from childhood to his death.

tlc logoTHE ANGEL OF LOSSES was a good read and I was very happy that TLC online book tours  sent me an uncorrected proof copy for me to read.

Stephanie Feldman is a graduate of Barnard College.  She lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her husband and her daughter.
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