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Thursday, April 16, 2020

CRACK THE CODE by Louis Bezich

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Book Title:  CRACK THE CODE: 10 Proven Secrets that Motivate Healthy Behavior and Inspire Fulfillment in Men Over 50 by Louis Bezich

Category:  Adult Non-fiction 18 yrs +,  302 pages

Genre:  Men's Health / geared towards Men Over 50

Publisher:  Somo Press, LLC

Release date:   November 2018

Content Rating:  G: No sex, violence, or bad language. Written for men over 50, or their wives.






Book Description:



"Crack
The Code" presents an unconventional, motivation-based approach to
health for men 50 and over. Ten strategies for creating and maintaining
inspiration for a healthy lifestyle are advanced from a platform of
survey research, interviews and the author’s personal experiences.
Primary audiences for the book are men over 50 and the people that love
them; their wives, partners, children and grandchildren. Additional
audiences include health care providers, insurers, policy makers, men of
all ages who want to find motivation for healthy behavior and anyone
who has struggled with their health.



Asserting that without motivation no diet, exercise program, technology
or other strategy will produce sustained results, "Crack The
Code" describes how healthy-living men, one of the most
health-challenged segments of the American population, exhibit a strong
cognitive association between their life’s priorities and their
behaviors; a catalytic awareness in which men often integrate their
valued relationships into their health behaviors (they take walks with
their wife). What the author terms Male Cognitive Behavioral Alignment.
The secret sauce of male motivation outlined in the book is derived from
a nationwide survey of 1,000 healthy-living men. "Crack The
Code" translates the findings into strategies and tactics with
actionable exercises.



Personal stories from interviews and focus groups add practical insights
and emotion that engages readers. A discussion of relevant theories
from psychology, management science and the fields of decision making
and behavior change anchor the model in a context of well-established
thinking. "Crack The Code" concludes with a call to action for a new
culture of men’s health, outlining a confluence of social, economic and
political factors in the US and beyond that represent a tipping point
where healthy behavior among 50 plus men will become the new norm. Crack
The Code’s focus on motivation and the psycho-social underpinnings of
behavior fills a gap in a market dominated by publications on
traditional diet and exercise. By digging deeper and using everyday men
as a source, "Crack The Code" breaks new ground for a burgeoning segment
of the baby-boomer population that is in desperate need of help. The
potential to influence men of other ages as well as health care
providers, insurers and policy makers, creates a tremendously valuable
read.





Meet the Author:



An executive for over 40
years in the public and private sectors, Louis Bezich currently serves
as a Senior Vice-President with a major health care system. He is an
adjunct professor in the Graduate Department of Public Policy and
Administration at the Camden Campus of Rutgers University and sits on
various public, non-profit and corporate boards. Bezich has published
numerous articles in the field of public administration and health and
is a contributing author to Corporate Lawbreaking and Interactive
Compliance, edited by Jay A. Sigler and Joseph E. Murphy. He holds a
master’s degree in public policy from Rutgers University, a bachelor’s
degree in social science from the University of Tampa and is a graduate
of Harvard University's Program for Senior Executives in State and Local
Government.






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Interview with Louis Bezich

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
“Crack The Code” is my first book. I was a contributing author (I wrote a chapter) to Corporate Lawbreaking and Interactive Compliance, Edited by Jay A. Sigler and Joseph E. Murphy. I am also a contributing writer on 50-plus men’s health for PhillyVoice and the author of numerous articles on public policy and men’s health.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m big on non-fiction, self-help (if it isn’t obvious). I like Malcom Gladwell, Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, and Simon Sinek. I also have some colleagues who’s work I admire, Dr. Stephen Trzeciak and Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli)
What book are you reading now?
“Dad’s Maybe Book” by Tim O’Brien
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The full title of my book is “Crack The Code: 10 Proven Secrets That Motivate Healthy Behavior and Inspire Fulfillment in Men Over 50.” I was inspired by two factors; personal experience and the current state of health among Americans.
As a young man in my 30’s I was a single dad raising 2 sons. On top of this was my career and the normal pressures of life. I found myself gravitating to exercise then diet as a coping mechanism. I needed to stay fit and ensure that I would always be there for my boys. What started out as a coping strategy in my 30’s had become a passion in my 50’s when the boys were grown and went off to college and their own lives. I experienced the power of motivation first-hand and the impact my love for those boys had on my healthy behavior. I wanted see if other men my who lived healthy had similar experiences, and if so, to see if there was a model that could be created to motivate healthy behavior among a group not necessarily know for living healthy.
My other motivation came from my entry into the field of health care. When I became an executive at a major health system, I learned quickly that the health of Americans is “middle of the pack” at best when compared to other industrialized nations. Despite spending more on health care than any other nation in the world—by far, our overall health is, as I said, middle of the pack. Over 70% of Americans are classified as either obese or overweight and this number is increasing. Barely 3% of Americans lead a healthy lifestyle. What I also learned is that our own behavior is the driving force behind these stats which have physicians scratching their heads for an answer to spur behavior change. “Crack The Code” sets out the answer; social and emotional motivation.
What are you working on now?
I’m looking to bundle a number of articles I’ve written for a local publication into a book.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Listen to the advice you’re given.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible. Don Quixote, Switch, Chip Heath & Dan Heath.



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Apr 13 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Apr 14 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / author interview / giveaway

Apr 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Apr 15 - Books,Dreams,Life  - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Apr 16 – T’s stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Apr 16 - Splashes of Joy - book review / giveaway

Apr 17 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Apr 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Apr 21 – Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Chubbs the Blind Cat by Sandra Kindt




Sandra Kindt is always up for a good story, written or verbal, although there is that cookbook she won in elementary school that hasn’t seen the light of day. But the times she’s been caught reading historical novels with a highlighter—because there’s always something to learn—should make up for that. 


After earning an MA in communication, she taught Organizational Behavior at several universities and Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in the corporate world. Her love of writing goes back to the journals she started in the fifth grade, when she fancied herself Nancy Drew. She loves to hang out with her four grown-up kids and six grandchildren. It’s like visiting the best parts of herself. 




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A mangy alley cat isn’t at the top of anybody’s adoption list. Nevertheless, when Grandma Sandy scoops it up into her arms, her heart nudges her to take it home, and she listens. Grandma always trusts her feelings. 

Lots of tender care soon transforms the mangy cat into beautiful, round Chubbs. But when she loses her sight, will she listen to her feelings like Grandma and learn to trust the one who loves her most? 



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Perception and Deception by Andrea Hintz


Perception and Deception 
Book 1 
by Andrea Hintz 
Genre: New Adult Spy Action Adventure Romance 


Felix Jaynes is a special agent for the Real Life Immersion Program (also known as RLIP). A few months earlier, she had a traumatic experience that caused her to go from a confident agent who was a phenomenal expert in her field, to suddenly doubting her career. She has recently been sent to an extremely rural town called Toselville; playing the part of a young nature photographer. Everyone has their cliques in Toselville. As a twenty-one-year-old, she finds herself having to network with the younger people in town. Her mission: find the middle aged son of two weapons designers who created blueprints for the United States government. As time goes on, she befriends Ashton Mathis, the owner of the only grocery shop in town, and his best friend/employee. Ashton instantly becomes enamored with Felix's beauty and kindness she shows towards them and he begins to pursue her while she is in the midst of working on an incredibly dangerous mission.

RLIP agents have partners who talk to them through their small earpieces that cannot be seen. These agents are not allowed to see their partners or even know their names. Felix has had many partners who are generally cold and over-professional. But Felix has been assigned to Wolf, an older gentleman who becomes a sort of wise father figure to her. After going with Ashton and his friends to the town bowling alley, Felix finds that she is starting to get into a clique of her own. Ashton is there to hopefully win Felix's heart, and Felix is there strictly on business, hoping to get information for her case...or so she keeps telling herself. Against Wolf's initial words of wisdom, Felix finds herself thinking about Ashton and accepts his invitation to go out on a date. But Felix accidentally blows her cover, and soon, Ashton is attacked. Felix was able to save him once, but now her enemies will stop at nothing to get to them. Felix is reassigned to a new mission...witness protection for Ashton and herself. Their budding romantic relationship comes to a sharp halt as they now have to focus on working together to survive. They can run, but they know their enemies are never far behind. Their only option to save themselves is to solve this case. And it is not going to be easy. 




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Perception and Deception II 
Book 2 


Twenty-two year old Faith Evans (formerly known as Felix Jaynes) is a former special agent for the Real Life Immersion Program, an organization that the FBI calls upon in the midst of unsolvable cases. Faith has been enjoying her normal life outside of the agency by spending time with her boyfriend, Ashton Mathis. They have become inseparable since meeting during Faith’s final mission with the agency several months prior. Although they seem to be safe from the events that unfolded during that final mission, both of them are having feelings of uneasiness and find themselves looking over their shoulders at all times. After spontaneously eloping at the courthouse, things begin to take a strange turn when Faith suddenly disappears without a trace… 






Perception and Deception III 
Book 3 


Twenty-two year old Faith Evans is a former special agent for the Real Life Immersion Program, an organization that the FBI calls upon in the midst of unsolvable cases. After being betrayed by RLIP, she decides to cut ties with them permanently and move on to a normal life. So when she’s asked to return to the agency to help with a difficult case, her immediate answer is no. However, she soon discovers that the case involves the kidnapping of her former partner's teenaged grandson, Paul Spencer. There’s no way she can stay away and sit quietly. 

Paul was being groomed to become a future tech agent, but having computer hacking skills of his caliber at such a young age may have exposed him to a dangerous cybercrime ring that wants to use him for something life shattering. The agency suspects that Paul’s computer club classmates may have been the associated link. Faith is the only agent young enough to pass as a high school student and must befriend Paul’s classmates to find out what’s going on. But when politicians suddenly get involved, this case may be far more twisted and dangerous than she initially realized. On top of everything else, RLIP seems to be attempting to recruit Faith's new husband, Ashton Mathis, into the agency. 




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Andrea Hintz has loved writing her whole life. She began college at the age of thirteen and graduated at seventeen with a Bachelor's in Public Management and Administration. Having endless stacks of books, she has a particular interest in fiction genres that contain lots of adventure and take her to other places of the world. She has written many books including the books in The Tesoro Series, the Perception and Deception series, additional short stories, guest articles for writing blogs and literary magazines, as well as a short guide for beginning authors. Andrea also plays the guitar, sings, and has written notebooks and notebooks full of songs and book ideas. Her favorite books were very special to her growing up, and she believes that if at least one reader feels that way about her work, she will have successfully done her job as an author. 




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Bright Yellow Souls by Luca Favaro


Bright Yellow Souls 
by Luca Favaro 
Genre: Fiction Short Stories 


Kevin was only a teenager when he decided to escape from his past, studying as a nurse. He didn't expect to discover that he would become a person able to give and receive so much love. These are stories of pain, sufferance, but also hope, optimism, joy for life and above all love. And between the lines, the silent presence of God, who through Kevin, takes care of the sick bodies of those wonderful people; and through them, He takes care of Kevin's suffering soul. 






Luca Favaro lives in Thousand Oaks, California. He's an Italian writer and a Registered Nurse. In Italy he published four books; three short story anthologies, and the novel "Il tempo senza ore". He won several literary prizes, and from his novel was made a theater show: "Il tempo senza ore show". He moved from Venice to Thousand Oaks on 2019. 




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Pants on Fire by Lacey Black



Title: Pants on Fire
Author: Lacey Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2020




Blurb

Cricket

Success is what you make of it. That’s my
motto and the premise of my speech; the one I’m heading back to Southern
Illinois University to give at my college alumni reunion. As the morning
co-host of Good Morning, San Francisco, I was asked to be one of the
keynote speakers, and while I’m honored to do so, there’s only one problem. The
other speaker is Danny Ohara, my former boyfriend. Throw in an issue with my
credit card that leaves me stuck at the airport, no rental car in sight, until
a familiar face appears like a guardian angel in sexy black glasses.

Here’s my dilemma with my attraction to Rueben
Rigsby, my airport savior and old friend from college: I’m not supposed to be
attracted to him. At all. He’s my ex’s former roommate. Yet that doesn’t stop
my big mouth from lying about the status of our relationship when we come
face-to-face with said former roommate. As in, we have one.

Together.


Rueben

I don’t know why I agreed to come back to SIU
for the alumni reunion, but I’m damn sure glad I did. When I found the familiar
face stranded at the airport, I readily agreed to give her a ride. It’s great
to catch up with Cricket Hill, as we make our way back to the place we
ultimately met. What I’m not prepared for is this overwhelming attraction I
feel for her. I’m not supposed to notice how amazing her butt looks in a pair
of black yoga pants. She’s a friend. Period.

But Cricket has other plans. When she lies
about our budding relationship to my former roommate and her ex, I have no
choice but to go along with it to save face. I have to pretend to be her
boyfriend. I mean, it’s one little white lie, right?

Wrong.












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Excerpt

Danny does a scan from head to toe, lingering a little too long on my
chest. I cross my arms and narrow my eyes, feeling nothing like I felt when
Rueben did it earlier tonight. Instead, I want to stab his eyes out with a rusty
butter knife and then throw darts at them.
“Good to see you, Cricket,” he finally says when his eyes return to my
face.
“I wish I could say the same to you,” I mumble, stepping around him and
finding the worn throw line on the marred hardwood floor.
“Come on, Cricket, it’s been ten years. Surely you’re not still pissed
off, are you?” he asks, spinning around and following me.
I throw the first dart, ignoring his looming presence beside me.
“Actually, yes, yes I am still mad.” I throw the second dart. “You stole my
car!” I state as I throw the third one with a little too much force and miss
the board completely.
Danny retrieves my three darts before I can, bringing them back to where
I stand. “I paid you for your half,” he reminds me, cocking his head to the
side as if it’s no big deal.
“Six months after you left!” I thunder, feeling that familiar rage
brewing inside me. Instead of punching him in the face—which is taking all the
strength I have not to do—I focus straight ahead and throw the darts.
I can feel his eyes on me as I throw and tuning him out is proving to be
harder than I’d like.
“You look good,” he says as he retrieves the second round of darts.
“Fuck off.”
Danny sighs and hands me the darts. He watches in silence as I throw the
darts a third time. All of my throws are complete shit, probably because I
can’t even concentrate on the round board in front of me. It takes all my
energy not to turn and “accidentally” toss a dart or two at his head. But then
I think about prison and how horrible I’d look in those orange jumpsuits and
decide he’s not worth the energy or time. Plus, I’m not that great of a cook
and I’d probably get stuck with kitchen detail.
“What do you want?” I ask, glancing over my shoulder and wondering where
in the hell Rueben is.
“Saw you over here alone and thought I’d stop by and say hello.”
“I’m not alone,” I argue, then wishing I would have kept my mouth shut.
“No?” he asks, glancing around as if calling me on my bluff when he
doesn’t see anyone remotely close that could constitute as my date. A knowing
grin spreads across his face—one that tells me he thinks I’m lying.
“No,” I insist. “He’s…in the bathroom.”
“Right,” Danny snorts. “It’s okay to be here alone, Cricket. I mean, I’m
here alone too.” He takes a step closer and those pesky hairs at the nape of my
neck stand at attention again. “Maybe it’s fate that we’re both alone tonight.”
“Or maybe it’s because everyone who knows you knows what kind of an
asshole you are and wants nothing to do with you.”
He seems to straighten up at that. “And maybe it’s because you’re cranky
and unforgiving and refuse to let the past go.”
I practically growl at him. “Unforgiving? You’re kidding me, right?”
“I’ve forgiven you for taking my job,” he states, crossing his arms over
his chest.
That makes me pause. “Excuse me? Taking your job?” What the hell is this
guy talking about?
“You don’t think I haven’t noticed you’re the bubbly new co-host of Good
Morning, San Francisco
?”
I roll my eyes. “That was four years ago, jerk. That position hadn’t been
yours in six years. In fact, you were the one who left it, remember?”
He doesn’t seem to have an answer to that. It’s almost like he’s just
trying to grate on my nerves, which pisses me off that I’m actually responding
at all. It’s like I’m letting him win. “All I’m saying is maybe if you were as
bubbly in person as you are on-air, you’d have a date this weekend,” he says
with a shrug.
“I do have a date!”
“Really? Where?” he asks, a growing smile on his fucking face as he
glance around once more.
Suddenly, I feel a presence behind me. It’s familiar and, unlike Danny, a
welcome one. Before I can even think about a consequence or a repercussion, I
practically jump up and throw my arms around Rueben’s neck, saying, “He’s right
here.”
Then I kiss him.
Hard.
Rueben’s arms wrap around me, drawing me against his body, and two things
happen. My body ignites with desire, as if someone doused me with gasoline and
lit a match, and the second is he deepens the kiss. His lips are firm, yet
soft, as he plies my mouth open, his tongue delving inside and sliding against
mine. It’s intoxicating and invigorating, and frankly, out of this fucking
world. I have no idea how long we kiss, all I know is I’d be okay with it never
ending. His lips are masterful, and frankly, I’ve never been kissed like this
before. Ever.






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Lacey Black
is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading and writing. She carries her
e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read
a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about
contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little
suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two
children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves shooting guns and should only
consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.



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Forgiven by Leigh Lennon






Title: Forgiven
Series: The Power of Three Love #4
Author: Leigh Lennon
Genre: MMF Romance
Release Date: April 2, 2020





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Clara
My
ex-husband kept a secret from me, when we were married. It was the worst
betrayal. Now, after three years, of picking up my life, I've found a new man,
one who had claimed my heart. He held the same secret, but in his honesty, I
can move on with him, the only problem, I've never stopped loving my
ex-husband.

Bodhi
I lied to
my wife for years, never being true to myself. I still loved her, but without
her trust, we couldn't build a future together. It's why she was my ex-wife,
and my heart was broken when she began to fall for another man. A man I, too,
find myself falling for, as I continued to love her from afar.

Jack
My life was
a wreck until I pieced it back together little by little. When the captivating
Clara entered my life, I fell and fell hard. A secret had damaged her. I won't
hurt her, but is that possible—when I was as attracted to her ex-husband as I
was to her?

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Jack
Now, this I
could work with. I’d told Clara two weeks ago that I wasn’t looking at Bodhi
and her as a package deal, but now, it was a whole new ballgame. My eyes
wandered to Clara, her hand resting on Bodhi’s shoulder. It wasn’t there a
second ago, but now it was.

“See, now
we’re getting somewhere.” I gestured toward her hand, connected with his body,
and she yanked it away. “No, foxy, don’t do that. I’m not jealous.” She hid her
face from me. “What you did, making a physical connection with Bodhi, is
innate. It’s like a reflex you’d been denying yourself for years.” I pushed to
my feet, moving around the table to kneel next to her. “Foxy, look at me.”

Her eyes
shifted to mine, and I see tears in them. “How many times have you wanted to
touch Bodhi over the years but couldn’t because you were too hurt to admit you
wanted to trust him again?”

When she
didn’t answer me, I turned my attention to Bodhi on the other side of Clara.
“Bo, how about you? How many times have you wanted Clara?”

I knew the
answer. He’d never been shy about how he wanted her back.

Bodhi
cleared his throat. “Since the day she kicked me out three years ago.”

“Clara, you
won’t hurt me. Well, unless you tell me you only want Bodhi, but I don’t think
it’s what you want. If I were to wager a very educated guess, I’d say you want
us both, and judging by how I continued to make love to you after your ex
walked in the room, I’m not against this.”

A weak
smile pulled at her face, and she snickered softly. “Yeah, I’d say that would
normally deflate everything.” All three of us chuckled at her wording. “But
you’re right, it didn’t.”

I stood,
stepping over slightly to push my way between the chairs they sat in side by
side, moving them toward me, as I brought a chair between them. “Hell, I know
what I’m saying sounds so fucking overwhelming. And I won’t lie, it could go
bad…”

“Way to
lead with the bad news first, Jack,” Bodhi crooned next to me.

“But”—I
directed my attention to him in a teasing way—“as I was saying before, I was
interrupted…” I turned my head to the side, looking at Clara. “It could be one
of the most beautiful things in the world. I wasn’t honest with my first triad
because I had so much pent-up frustration and I couldn’t be true to myself.” I
didn’t want to go into my infertility with Bodhi right now, but it would be
something I addressed very soon if we moved forward with this. “So, when I push
for honesty, I saw how the lack of it affected my relationship with Cami and
Dane. And after listening to you two, I could see why your marriage fell
apart.”






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Author Bio

Leigh Lennon is
mother, veteran and a wife of a cancer survivor. Originally with a degree in
education, she started writing as an outlet that has led to a deep passion. She
lugs her computer with her as she crafts her next story. Her imaginary
friends become real on her pages as she creates a world for them. She loves
pretty nails, spikey hair and large earrings. Leigh can be found drinking
coffee or wine, depending on the time of the day.


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