Unseen Book Review and $25 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway (ends 3/9)

unseen book blast bannerAbout the Book:


Mackenzie Day constantly struggles to silence the voices in her head. The inner thoughts of those around her intrude upon every aspect of her life, threatening to turn it into chaos.

All her life, she thought she was alone as a mind reader–a freak.

Then a member of a secret organization called The Unseen suddenly introduces himself, and she’s immersed in a world she never knew existed. They teach her to hone her skills as a reader, but to what end? Secrets surround her, humming just out of reach, filling her with questions.

Who are they? What do they do with their mind-reading abilities? In the end, just how far will Mackenzie go to be part of The Unseen?

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My Review:

Unseen is the most cerebral book I’ve read in a long time.  I guess that makes sense, inasmuch as the main character is a mind reader 😉

There is not a lot of action in this book, but LOTS of description.  It was fascinating to feel like I was inside the brain of a mind reader.

Mackenzie’s inability to block the thoughts of those around her is a handicap instead of an asset throughout her childhood.  I liked how the author compared it to someone with ADD/ADHD.

I thought that some of the revelations Mackenzie discovers as she spends time with the Unseen were a bit predictable, but still disturbing and fascinating.

I don’t want to give away too much, but there is a lot of strong emotion in Unseen, so be prepared to laugh, get angry, cry and smile.  I felt like I needed to take a walk in the “real” world when I finished.

I give Unseen four and a half stars.  It’s a fairly quick read that will suck you in and keep you enthralled until the very last page.  I can’t wait for book two, which promises a little more action and adventure than the first book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review through Promotional Book Tours.  All opinions are 100% my own.

About the author:

Stephanie - unseenStephanie Erickson has always had a passion for the written word. She pursued her love of literature at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, FL, where she graduated with a BA in English. She has received several honors in her writing career, including recognition in the 72nd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition.

After graduation, she married and followed her husband in pursuit of his dream. The Cure and The Blackout were written to reignite Stephanie’s passion, when she found the time. Now that he is settled in his career, it’s her turn to devote more time and energy into writing.

Stephanie currently has 3 projects planned for 2015. Her upcoming release is well underway and is slated for a March 2015 publication date.

Stephanie, of course, loves to read and write. She also enjoys living on the beach on the Florida’s Treasure Coast. Most of all, she and her husband are in love with their baby girl.

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Too Hot in the Kitchen Cookbook Review #ValentinesDay

Title: Too Hot in the Kitchen – Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age

Author: Holly Clegg Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook review

Genre:  Cookbook

Publisher: Favorite Recipes Press

Release Date: September 2010

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Pages: 238 pages

About the Book:

Holly Clegg, author of the trim&TERRIFIC cookbook series, introduces her fun, whimsical women’s lifestyle cookbook perfect for a gift or the kitchen. This 240-page book includes more than 200 easy, everyday recipes with almost 100 photographs and illustrations. Too Hot in the Kitchen is a practical, user-friendly cookbook designed for busy women and includes: 200 easy-to-prepare recipes, Nutritional information and diabetic exchanges, Symbols to highlight Freezer Friendly and Vegetarian recipes, and Creative coffee pairing ideas. Includes fun and entertaining chapters on: Cooking for two (Table for Two); No bake dishes (Lovin’ No Oven); Recipes for facial treatments (Diva Dermatology); Party recipes for groups (Effortless Entertaining). Finally, a book to guide women through the kitchen with a smile, so get ready to learn the secrets to sizzle!

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My Review:

I found Too Hot in the Kitchen to be a fun read with lots of interesting recipes and helpful tips for women of any age.

There are chapters as diverse as Coffee & Food Pairings, Lovin’ No Oven, and Food for the Mood, as well as recipe for body scrubs and face masks.  In addition, sprinkled throughout each chapter is “spicy advice” which gives suggestions on how to modify a recipe if you don’t have all the ingredients, or need to make ahead, etc.

The recipe I tried was for Shrimp Dumplings with Asian Sauce.  They were very easy to make.  I had most of the ingredients on hand, and they were a big hit when I brought them to a party that night.  Look how cute they turned out:

too hot in the kitchen cookbook reviewThis recipe was under the chapter Food for the Mood, but since Art is not a fan of shrimp, I didn’t get to test that theory 😉

My only complaint is that the book seems to be a bit of a hodge podge.  I would have liked to see all the recipes be closer to the perceived theme, which was for me was food for the different stages of a woman’s life.

I give Too Hot in the Kitchen four stars.  It’s entertaining and educational with easy to make recipes.  Check it out!!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

About the Author:

Holly CleggWith over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis.

Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc, Baylor Hospital in Dallas and is a menu consultant for Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. She has a phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes. Visit http://www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com