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Eat Like a Woman. (and never diet again) Staness Jonekos, Marjorie Jenkins

Eat Like a Woman. (and never diet again) Staness Jonekos, Marjorie Jenkins

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
This book isn’t just a “diet” book, full of low fat, low calorie or low carb recipes but a more holistic book, taking the approach that we need to look at our bodies, how they work, how we gain or lose weight and how we can best influence that. I found it very interesting because it mirrors much of what I’ve long believed, and seeing it in print validates some of my theories.
I was amazed at reading the prologue where the authors tell us that almost all our medical research was, until very recently, based on data using a 70kg white male as the basis. Even as recently as the 80’s research about oestrogen and breast cancer and links were done using men. Astonishing isn’t it?? This is based on what I read in the book about US research, I don’t know how UK compares but I’d guess its similar. Finally in the 90’s things began to change but it does mean there’s a dearth of historical data about women. Though we’re talking about medical research here, there’s a fine line between drugs and food, and how we metabolise them so research has slip-over points. We all moan when our men lose weight quicker then we do when on the same diet, and this books explains that not only do women taste food differently, but we metabolise it differently, and our bodies take nutrients from it differently. No surprise then that a book abased around men doesn’t fit women very well. This book looks at what we need to be healthy, what will help us to lose those excess pounds ( or stones in my case…) and use the way our bodies work to help us not hinder us.
There’s an interesting section on the mind-body-spirit connection, and as a long term cancer survivor when my odds of surviving were very, very low I’m a strong believer in that. It just makes sense to me that we help our bodies as best we can by thinking about what we eat, and by focussing on positive energies. Its like how when we’re stuffed up inside, sniffling and feeling awful with a cold, then take a trip out into the fresh air for half an hour, garden, woods, beach – whatever – we feel so much better. An online friend with a similar type of rare cancer to mine, but hormone based, decided to do her own research and radically change her diet to eliminate as much hormone containing foods as possible. She had at the time a terminal diagnosis, still has, but her approach has meant that the tumours have remained static for many years now, when typically the disease would have progressed much further. That has to be good, and shows how we can help our bodies to stay healthy. It sadly doesn’t always work, but we owe it to ourselves to give it our best chance.
In the book the foods are divided into sections, with handy charts showing the beneficial effects they have on our bodies. The recipes are divided into groups so its easy to pick and choose, mix and match and there are more recipes on the eatlikeawoman website. Its not a strict, set in stone, xx week diet book, but one where you tailor the approach to your own life using the book as a source reference and guide. By looking at ourselves, what health issues we have we can choose what foods will best affect them, and keep us healthy. There are lots of tips such as eating at certain times, carrying healthy snacks, adding in exercise, and of course the big one – portion control. To me the strength of this book is that its so different, not a rigid approach but one that makes sense, that uses our bodies the way we need to, and not in the way that makes it so hard for us to control weight. Its not just a weight loss book, a diet book, but one where looking at what we consume and choosing carefully helps us to stay healthy, and to let out bodies be the weight they should because we’re giving them what they need.
Stars: five. Interesting book with much to think about. Its again one where I’ve got e-book and am reading on my pc , but think that an actual print book would be far better. For fiction I love my kindle but some non fiction I’m finding is best in traditional format.
ARC supplied by Netgalley


5:2 Vegetarian. Over 100 Fuss-free & Flavourful Recipes for the Fasting Diet. Celia Brooks


5:2 Vegetarian. Over 100 Fuss-free & Flavourful Recipes for the Fasting Diet. Celia Brooks

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.

At age 9 my youngest child decided she was going to be a vegetarian. 24 years later she’s still one, and doesn’t consume anything that’s needed an animal to be killed. For her it was, and still is, a moral issue. One thing about this is that we’ve learned over the years to be very careful when looking at labels for what they contain, and as a side product we’ve discovered just how high in fats or calories many products are. Then came the Fast diet. Seems the world and his wife have tried it, its vouched as easy to sustain and fit into everyday life, so very different from many diets, and devotees claim it really works. So seeing this book I was excited because it leans over to the vegetarian side, something so rarely done. Conventional diet books list lots of lean meat and fish as basic, then a quick nod to the vegetarians by saying swap for Quorn. If you don’t like Quorn, or don’t want to eat it daily well…tough 🙂

This book is full of Fast day menus that are fun and interesting, appetising and varied. Very many are Vegan too, a sector that’s even worse treated than vegetarians. Why one wonders, when we have so many wonderful low calorie tasty fruits and vegetables around. It just takes someone to put those in a format that’s quick and easy to browse. When you’re on a diet the last thing we want is to browse through cookery books full of gorgeous but high cal/fat recipes 🙂 The suggestions for increasing quantities and adding extras for non vegetarians are useful too, turning a fast day basic into a family meal.

With many people eating very little fruit and veg daily, adding the recipes from this book into family life while one member is fasting will benefit everybody health wise, and hopefully set up healthy eating values for life. There’s simple advice from what to stock in your cupboards, to how to cook and prepare foods for best results, calorie charts, (always useful and essential on a 5:2 diet) and lots of tips on how best to incorporate this diet into a lifelong healthy eating habit. I’ve often found that non fiction doesn’t always get justice read on kindle, its not easy to flip through sections and the beautiful illustrations get lost, but this book worked well. Its not illustrated so nothing is lost there, and the chapters are very well divided so its easy to use them to get straight to what you want to read. It’s priced at £4.99 for kindle, £8.99 for paperback for 1834 KB.
Stars: five, a really useful book for anyone interested in healthy eating, not just the Fast Diet.

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

Southbound Surrender. Raen Smith


Southbound Surrender. Raen Smith

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.

Sometimes you read a book description, flick through sample and think it fits what you want but…it doesn’t 😦 That’s how Southbound Surrender was for me. Its well written, decent plots and no big loopholes but – it just didn’t get my attention. I read through it as it was a review book. If it hadn’t been I’d not have continued, but I found that really I wasn’t that bothered what happened to the characters, and whether they finally found their way back together. I just found the journey rather..tedious. There were a few light, dramatic moments and of course a secret to be revealed, but I really wasn’t invested in the outcome. A combination of both characters that I didn’t love – they were OK, not horrible or anything, but for me I need to really want them to be together, to get invested and carried along by their emotions, and that the plot just wasn’t working for me.

I enjoy second chance romances, but somehow this one just didn’t float my boat so to speak. That’s life, we don’t love everything we read and just because its not one for me doesn’t mean you wont like it. As I said the book itself is perfectly well written and I’m sure will have lots of five star followers, its just a personal thing that for me it wasn’t right. It’s reasonably priced at £1.87 for 308 pages.

Stars: two and a half, just a good story that didn’t work for me.

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

The End of the Line. Jim Power.

The End of the Line


The End of the Line. Jim Power.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
This is a romance, but with so many more themes. The race one of course, but also the issue of the moneyed classes versus those with little, the background of slavery and the battle for human rights, even how people are treated too often by big businesses when they’re injured.
Its not a quick read novel, but one packed with content and odd moments of humour – the dates Latesha arranges for Peter – I loved those! The romance between them that ultimately develops is stuttering, pushed along by Peter despite her reluctance. Oddly to begin we see the race issue from the other side, with her father and the people where she lives, a black community, that have the hatred for Peter because he’s white. Later when his mother hears about them she shows the conventional viewpoint. I’m very anti all discrimination, and find it so odd that someone can be judged on colour, and yet despite the advances in law its still pervades from all sides. In this book though Jim uses the two young people to show how attitudes can change, slowly for some, quicker for others and sadly not at all for too many.
I did feel that some of it was a bit too slick, Peter’s mother for example. I felt she’d have held to her beliefs far longer, and Latesha’s father too. They were so entrenched, so irrational in their hatred of race, that it would take a lot to change their views. I loved the way the story showed how its not just a black v white issue, but that discrimination comes from everywhere, from all sides, and that often white people will help black and black help white simply because its the right thing to do. Even if that help may cost them their lives, and they don’t know the people they are helping.
Stories like that are historically correct, and we need to remember them, when we’re still faced with that awful, creeping, pervading issue of colour. Or any discrimination. As a child I was very dark skinned even though I’m English, and was teased often for my colour. Then with a name like I have now, I’ve seen it from those who assume my family are coloured. At five years old my eldest son who has dark toned skin like myself, lost a friend because the boy’s parents had seen him, learned the name and assumed we were foreign. Horrible thing to happen but its real, and people face it daily. This book shows it so true to life, and is heartening that it also shows hope, that there are people prepared to make changes.
Its an enjoyable read, not one I’d re read, but very realistic apart from the points I mentioned about the parents. I loved the way so many events were woven in, and became integral to the story, the background slave issue and the Door and it’s history, the ballerinas and their love for the tradition it had brought, Peter’s willingness to help for free, and the friends it gradually won round, the way the community slowly pulled together accepting him ( well most of them), Mr Thomas disability and wheelchair use ( I’m a wheelchair user ), the assumed snobbery of the Club when in fact they were very integrated. So much to like in here, but its more a look at life and romance than a heart stopping, furious love story. Its priced at £4.45 for 294 pages.
Stars: four
ARC supplied via author

21-Day Tummy. The Revolutionary Diet that Shrinks and Soothes Any Belly Fast. Liz Vaccariello with Kate Scarlata.


21-Day Tummy. The Revolutionary Diet that Shrinks and Soothes Any Belly Fast. Liz Vaccariello with Kate Scarlata.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
quite an apt post christmas book!!
Like so many people I’m always conscious of my weight and especially my tummy 😦 Now I’m a wheelchair user that’s even more noticeable, so this book had me hooked just from the title! I’m reading it on kindle though – I love my kindle but have learned that some books such as this one are simply better in traditional format, where its easier to flick through and browse for what interests you.
Its packed with useful information on many common ailments – those where we’re not always ill, but where the effects of diet make us feel below par. Of course there’s practical tips too for those who have problems such as arthritis, diabetes, irritable bowel, indigestion, all the illnesses that can be helped by a proper diet. Our portions have increased vastly over the years from what we actually need to eat, and add to that the way we eat so much processed food its no wonder our stomach and health is so often suffering.
I found it really interesting reading. I like to think I’m quite aware of food and the healthy eating we need and yet…there were issues that hadn’t occurred to m,e and were good to know. The recipes were practical and easy to follow even for a Brit reader – I love the US way of weighing using cups – though a stick of butter…. ? that needs looking up, likewise some foods: arugula, scallions, cilantro – google is my friend for telling what the UK name is 🙂 Added to that there are some simple, easy to follow exercises that can be fitted into everyday life. Again some like the walking/standing ones are out for me, but the sitting/lying ones I’ll certainly try. After Xmas of course!! Jan always signals my resolve to get more healthy and maybe this year with the help of this book I’ll actually do it!
All in all this is a really useful book for people looking to make the best of their bodies, to help them run at maximum efficiency and to make us not only look slimmer but to be slimmer.
Stars: five. Excellent all round book, though buy the traditional format rather than ebook for easiest research .

ARC supplied via Netgalley

Wrede on Writing: Tips, Hints, and Opinions on Writing .Patricia C. Wrede

Wrede on Writing: Tips, Hints, and Opinions on Writing


Wrede on Writing: Tips, Hints, and Opinions on Writing .Patricia C. Wrede
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.

Like many many people I’ve always had a desire to write – many years ago I even started one of those online writing classes…but to be honest even I was bored reading what I’d written, so the rejection slips were no surprise. Looking back though I can see one huge mistake – I’d followed the course instructions to write short stories and articles, but I never read those, I love to read but novellas and short stories don’t work for me, so how on earth did I think I could write them? Well, I’ve never got any further but seeing this book for review brought back that desire and I hoped I could learn from it. Like most would be writers I’ve no idea where to start, and so never actually get further than a few vague plots or snippets of what a want to write.

Anyway I’ve not read this cover to cover, but browsed through looking for what I need. And its full of such useful and encouraging information about where to start – not a 1-10 steps, but a series of ideas and the advice there isn’t a blue print but try this, or this, or this 🙂 Then having thought about where to start its got so much useful information on the actuality – the character building, creating worlds both real and fantasy, plotting and pitfalls. It’s just so easy to read and understand. I felt as if Patricia was at my shoulder giving advice.
Then having written your best-seller (!!) she advises about such necessary – especially in today’s market, things to do like contacting agents and publishers, marketing, the finance side – and unless you’re writing just to write and not to make money that’s essential. Looking back to my own experiences I can see so well where I went wrong, the acid test is will I manage to do it better this time round? Well, armed with this book I feel much more confident, just need to squeeze a few more hours in the day 🙂 …. Where before I felt as if I was floundering in the dark, now I feel that I’ve some solid references for when I get stuck. Not to spoon feed me an answer, but to show me where to look next, how to research, what to add and really, really important – what to leave out. As a reader/reviewer I’ve read too many books that contain whole chapters that when I get to the end I think “ what happened to/why was that mentioned/how did x get out of that?” you know – the stuff that’s in the book but doesn’t add to the plot, the characters, the background, and is just filler and fluff taking up pages and reading time and is wasted effort for both reader and writer really. Somewhere in the beginning Patricia quotes advice given to her – and it’s really apt to what I’ve read too many times. Three things a scene can do “1) advance the plot 2) explain the back story 3) deepen the characterisation. “ If it doesn’t do any of those it isn’t needed.
A skim through the index gives an idea of just how comprehensive this book is, it really does have a chapter about almost everything writers need to know, I reckon its should be the Writing Bible of all would be authors. At £3.14 for 263 pages its a bargain. No fluff, no unnecessary fillers just good solid advice and research tools.
Stars: five

ARC supplied via Netgalley

Shades of Pink Charity Anthology

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Shades of Pink Charity Anthology

As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For this occasion, 33 authors have allied for 1 cause: fundraising for research. Their gift to everyone who makes a donation? A romance anthology (ebook) titled Shades of Pink, totaling over 200.000 words / about 500 pages as a PDF.

The suggested donation is $5. Funds are raised via and all proceeds go directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Readers can also donate to the charity organization of their choice (with a focus on breast cancer) and email their receipt to receive their copy of the anthology in either PDF, ePub or mobi (kindle).

Who: Kate Baum, Brei Betzold, Jean Booth, Catherine Bowman, Perci T. Brooks, Rose Caraway, Bethan Cooper, Sarah Daltry, Vivien Dean, JJ Ellis, Rachel Firasek, Sabrina Garie, Amber Green, T. Hammond, Lisa M. Harley, Zoe Susan Harris, K. R. Haynes, Ellie Heller, Laura Hunsaker, Jennifer James, Torie James, Kallysten, K.A. Linde, C. Deanne Rowe, DJ Shaw, Madeline Sheehan, Eden Summers, Gill Taber, J Annas Walker, Matthew Welch, Kristin L. Wilson, York, Angela Yseult

When: October through November 15th.

What: 33 short stories, including…
30 M/F, 1.5 M/M, 1.5 M/F/M
4 paranormal, 2 sci-fi, 19 contemporary, 3 historical, 1 BDSM, 9 fantasy, 3 YA (some stories have more than one genre)
4 spicy (ménage or kink), 15 sexy (explicit sex scenes), 14 sweet (no sex)
A handful of vampires, about four dozen humans including fighters, cursed humans, reincarnated souls, footballers, time travelers, bosses, secretaries, writers, rock stars, teens, witches, soldiers, wives, husbands and fiancés, 1 succubus, 1 genie, 1 extra-terrestrial princess, a few gods and goddesses, a pack of werewolves.
Pink, pink and more pink, including cherry blossoms, jewelry, flamingoes, silk, a leather collar, assorted flowers, hair, a car, lip gloss, champagne, a hair ribbon, a hippo, various clothing items, lemonade and a toy.

Where: Kallysten’s blog
Here you’ll find teasers for all the stories, interviews of the authors posted during all of October, and of course the link where you can donate and help this worthy cause.

Read the first chapter of Bold Tricks (TAT #3)

can’t wait for this book….Karina is an incredible writer. I’m still hoping for some Javier turnaround, some acceptable reasons why he’s acted as he has….he must have had a reasons surely – he loved Ellie so much.

Pretty self-explanatory….no?



The storm raged on and inside I was screaming.

I was sitting in a stolen Jeep with no roof, parked on the side of a dirt road beneath a wavering canopy that occasionally let a spattering of rain pelt me in the face. Despite the warmth of the tropical night, I was cold and soaked to the bone in my muddy evening gown.  On one side of me was Camden McQueen, on the other was Javier Bernal. One more light than dark, one more dark than light. Both men had come for me. Both men had loved me. And both of them I had seriously underestimated.

There really wasn’t much time to sit around and try to get my head on straight. But after everything that happened, I knew a panic attack was just waiting to devour me, to incapacitate me, to take me out of…

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Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer [Kindle Edition] Andrew Joyce


I haven’t read this book, its not really my genre but I like to try to help push publicity for new authors so here’s the synopsis and if it intetrests you, or you think it would interest a freind please take a look. It has some excellent reviews.
Three men come together in the town of Redemption Colorado, each for his own purpose. Huck Finn is a famous lawman not afraid to use his gun to protect the weak. He has come to right a terrible wrong. After his wife’s death, Tom Sawyer does not want to live anymore; he has come to die. The third man, the Laramie Kid, a killer Huck and Tom befriended years earlier has come to kill a man. For these three men Death is a constant companion. For these three men it is their last chance for redemption.


Water’s Edge and Lily of the Valley.

Two very different books by different authors. i haven’t read either but they both look a good read so i’ve added a promo post for them.
Water’s Edge is a contemporary story in the genre of quiet women’s fiction.

When Madalena invites her four children to Switzerland for a family gathering, she isn’t
prepared for the excess baggage of their lives they bring along – secrets they are compelled to keep and those that must be divulged; the compromises they make, and, ultimately, what can and can’t be resolved – for Madalena, too, has things about her past that she would prefer not to reveal.

Set against a backdrop of mountains and lakes, Water’s Edge is a tapestry of love, lies and family.

I’ve read the sample and its quality writing, no dumbed down words but text that you can savour and enjoy. I’d read it but though i loved this type of fiction a few years back its not my current taste so it would be unfair to review it. Still, it reminds me from the sample and the description of Joanna Trollope style books – i’ve read loads of those before i started on my current fantasy/paranormal binge 🙂 and used to really enjoy the way the writing was so absorbing it would take me to another world. Water’s Edge looks very much the type of read to do the same so if you like that style of book have a look. It’s £1.99 for 269 pages so good value.

Water's Edge


Then there’s Lily of the Valley. I’ve not read this but have read and loved Bitter Fruits  and A Quiver of a Kiss. Sarahs a very versatile writer, and this book is as usual written so that the story grabs you right from the start ( I read the amazon sample and its terrific)

“PLEASE NOTE: Although this is a companion novel to Forget Me Not, you can read these in any order. They are both standalone stories from different perspectives.

You met them in Forget Me Not. Now, hear Jack’s story.

Plagued by a dark past, Jack sees college as a way out. Desperate to escape the area where he grew up, the people who know his secrets, and his own family, he deals with his problems through alcohol and sex.

When he first sees Lily, she’s the epitome of everything he hates. Yet something about her makes Jack rethink everything he knows and assumes about other people. Now, with the help of his best friend and lover, Jack has to decide if he wants to pursue something that he knows will only end badly.

Can Lily be one of the few people who can see Jack for who he really is – or will his darkness be too much for her to handle?”

this one is just £1.39 for 211 pages – great value. Sarahs books are ones to read and re read and find things you lissed each time.

Lily of the Valley

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