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review 2017-08-15 16:44
Playful images of animals partaking in big city life grace the walls of a children’s hospital and the pages of “Chicago Unleashed”
Chicago Unleashed - Larry Broutman

Going to the hospital is a scary experience, especially for children. Larry Broutman has used his photography skills to brighten the walls at the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and brighten the days of young patients. He created cheery and chuckle-inducing photographs for each floor of the hospital by digitally combining the photographs of animals that he had taken on safaris across the world with photographs he had taken of beloved places in his hometown of Chicago.

 

 

His unusual images of wild animals running amok in Chicago were so well-received that Larry Broutman decided to make enough photo mash-ups to fill a book. In Chicago Unleashed, wolves howl at the moon at the Adler Planetarium, hippopotami bathe in the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, a flock of colorful parrots dodge skyscrapers, and many more creatures, large and small, get into mischief at well-known Chicago destinations. Plus, each amusing photograph is supplemented with fun facts about the featured iconic location.

 

 

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Purchase your copy of Chicago Unleashed at www.everythinggoesmedia.com, Amazon, and at bookstores and gift shops in the greater Chicagoland area.

 

All author proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled, and Access Living.

 

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ AUTHOR:

 

 

Larry Broutman is a passionate and accomplished wildlife and landscape photographer and has traveled all over the world to photograph his subjects. He has published his work in magazines such as Africa Geographic and BBC Wildlife. Broutman has completed photographic projects for the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital Clinic, and The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. His project for the Lurie Children’s Hospital developed into the publication of Chicago Unleashed.

 

Broutman attended MIT where he received his S.B., S.M., and doctorate degree in the field of Materials Engineering and Science in 1963. Specializing in Polymer Engineering and Science and Composite Materials, Broutman has vast experience writing college textbooks, reference books, and technical articles. In fact, he was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

Source: www.everythinggoesmedia.com/product-page/copy-of-chicago-unleashed
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review 2017-08-14 22:10
"Chicago Monumental" celebrates Chicago's public art scene

 

 

2017 has been declared the “Year of Public Art” in Chicago by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and for good reason. Practically every park, street corner, bridge, and storefront in the city boasts a statue, memorial, or fountain. In his book Chicago Monumental, photographer, author, and historian Larry Broutman has set out to document nearly every one of them.

 

 

In this full-color coffee table book of photography, over 250 famous and not-so-famous prime examples of Chicago’s public art are showcased. Along with his stunning photographs, Broutman includes text illuminating the cultural and historical significance of each piece of art and its artist. Some fascinating tidbits include what sets Victory Monument apart from other World War I memorials, the tragic tale behind the elephant monuments in Woodlawn Cemetery, and defining features of Chicago’s numerous Abraham Lincoln statues.

 

Chicago Monumental has recently picked up two book awards: a Midwest Book Award for best interior design and an IPPY (Independent Publisher) Award in the Great Lakes Nonfiction category.

 

TO BUY THE BOOK:

 

 

Purchase your copy of Chicago Monumental at www.everythinggoesmedia.com, Amazon, and at bookstores and gift shops in the greater Chicagoland area.

 

All author proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled, and Access Living.

 

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ AUTHOR:

 

 

Celebrated photographer and author Larry Broutman has traveled the world over to capture the perfect photograph and has found Chicago to have a plethora of visual inspiration.  His projects include work with Lincoln Park Zoo, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Children’s Memorial Hospital Clinic, and The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Broutman is a finalist in Africa Geographic Magazine's 2017 Photographer of the Year contest. He attended MIT and was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame.

 

Source: www.everythinggoesmedia.com/product-page/copy-of-chicago-monumental
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review 2017-08-14 08:26
Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader
Irresistible You (The Chicago Rebels Series Book 1) - Kate Meader

Kate Meader’s IRRESISTIBLE YOU is an excellent start to the Chicago Rebels series.  I have been anxiously awaiting reading this book ever since I read IN SKATES TROUBLE (Chicago Rebels #.5) in the HOT ON ICE hockey anthology.  I was not disappointed.  I loved this book. 

 

Three half-sisters are left a hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels.  The team is in second to last place. The sisters need to turn the Rebels around.  The first book focuses on the oldest daughter, Harper Chase.  She has been groomed to take over the team and is disappointed when her father’s will stipulated that all three sisters are left the team and have a year to make the playoffs or lose the franchise.  I love the plot.  It was interesting and full of obstacles.  

 

I already liked Harper’s character in the prequel, IN SKATES TROUBLE.  I was excited to hear her story.  She is a strong character that is meant to run the Rebels.  She is an excellent leader and knows her hockey.  She brings in veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre to motivate the team.  Understandably, DuPre was not happy to be traded to a team that was in second to last place.  The two butt heads but can’t deny that they are attracted to each other. Of course, Harper being Remy’s boss complicates matters.  They have great chemistry and are an interesting couple.

 

I enjoy Kate Meader’s writing style.  The story flowed well.  I was not able to put down the book.  There were some good life lessons in the story.  I loved the scene where Remy and Harper played video games against each other.  IRRESISTIBLE YOU had a great ending.  I look forward to reading middle sister, Isobel Chase’s story in the next book, SO OVER YOU.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2017-08-14 08:10
Release Blast - Irresistible You
 
 
Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise 
and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, 
and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.
 
 
IRRESISTIBLE YOU
Chicago Rebels #1
Kate Meader
Releasing Aug 14, 2017
PocketStar
 
 
Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?

He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

 
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Excerpt from Irresistible You
© Kate Meader

 

He looked uncomfortable standing there, balancing on his skates, ready to spring for the door. But she knew he wouldn’t sit while she stood because his mother had raised him to respect women. Something fluttered in her chest at that notion. DuPre might be a lot of things—ladies’ man, good ol’ boy, thorn in her side—but she suspected he would never hurt someone weaker than himself.

 

You’ve got three minutes, Harper.”

 

Do you remember what I told you in Boston, DuPre?”

 

Somethin’ about needin’ me to instill leadership and help these boys get to the playoffs.” Warm honey flowed through her veins at the timbre of his voice. She could have sworn her panties slipped an inch.

 

I did say that. I meant it. And I thought you understood.”

 

He rubbed his chin, the scrape against stubble delicious to her ears. All he was missing was a Stetson, a blade of grass, and some flighty piece in a cropped tank and Daisy Dukes. “I understood the words because you’d put them together in a highly entertainin’ way, and to certain ears, they might make sense. Then I told you what needed to happen to ensure my cooperation.”

 

This nonsense stopped here. “Is that why you’re playing like you can barely walk, much less skate? What’s wrong, old man? Feeling a touch of arthritis in your joints?”

 

For a brief moment, she thought she might have found his weakness: vanity. But no. He merely threaded his arms over his chest—over the Rebels logo of a big C with a hockey stick and a cutlass crossed behind it—and cocked his head.

 

You’re gonna have to use a little more finesse, Harper.”

 

More surprising than the fact Remy had used the word finesse correctly in a sentence was that he didn’t seem annoyed with her. He seemed . . . amused. As if she were a toy he could happily bat around like a kitten would a semiconscious mouse.

 

Applause sounded, signifying the beginning of the final period. Neither of them moved, hands metaphorically hovering at their hips like Old West gunfighters.

 

The trade deadline,” she said, feeling livid and helpless. “Give me that.”

 

The all-star game.”

 

Three months. The all-star game, held in late January, was traditionally viewed as the halfway point of the season. On the cusp of the busy trade period, it led into a month of bartering and haggling as everyone lined up their teams for the big push to the playoffs.

 

At her hesitation, he leaned in, those cobalt blues flashing. It wasn’t enough to unholster her gun; she should have already taken her shot, and that delay was her undoing.

 

Would you rather three months of my full effort or a whole season of my skatin’ like I’m playin’ squirt hockey?”

 

You can’t seriously be reducing this to a game of ‘would you rather’?”

 

His voice dropped to an intimate tone, her panties another inch with it. “If you shake on it now, I’ll begin that full effort tonight.”

 

The siren blared in the distance, followed by the home crowd’s roar. Five zip. Harper didn’t enjoy being blackmailed, but she enjoyed losing even less.

 

She thrust her hand forward impatiently. He took it in his firm grasp. That electricity setting her skin aflame was her body telling her she’d made the right decision. Nothing else.

 

You have a game to finish.”

 

He held on, and now he inclined his head so close she could count each and every one of those pretty-boy eyelashes. Her pulse rate spiked, and she was certain he could sense it. Sense her heart thumping rabbit kicks, her vein pulsing in her throat.

 

We’ve shaken on it now, minou, so don’t you dare think about welshing. I might sound like I spend my spare time spitballin’ from the rockin’ chair on my porch, but don’t let my accent fool you none. I’m not the kind of man you want for an enemy. We clear?”

 

She might have rolled her eyes if she wasn’t just a wee bit impressed by his chutzpah. Still, he needed to be informed that while he might have won this battle, the war was far from over.

 

Try not to trip on your way to the rink, DuPre.”

 

He laughed, deep and robust, clearly delighted with himself. Idiot. His thumb pressed against her inner wrist, and a crackle of energy leeched from him into her body.

 

You feel that, Harper?”

 

She snatched back her hand. “If you mean my goodwill evaporating with every second you’re standing here, then, yeah, I feel it.”

 

I think we’re havin’ a thing.”

 

They were. Oh, God, they were. “Why are you still here again?”

 

His mouth curved. “Lady, I got the distinct feelin’ these next few months are gonna be fun.”

 

He picked up his stick and, with more grace than a six-foot-two brute wearing skates on dry land should possess, he left the locker room.

 

 

Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels, #1)Irresistible You by Kate Meader
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Chicago Rebels series continues with the story about Remy and Harper. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and for full understanding of the series, I recommend reading this hot series in order.

Harper has had many emotional blows in a row. Trying to be a good team owner, she makes the decisions based solely on what the team needs. Always sacrificing her own needs to keep the team solid.

Remy had thought he would finish his career on a winning team. Never thinking he would be traded at the eleventh hour. Also not sure what to do about his feelings for his new boss. They do not even get along most of the time.

Such a great addition to the series! A very slow burn, and you know how I love those. So many surprises in this story to enhance the read. Hockey is always scrumptious to read about, and with a very hot couple who cannot stop touching each other - HOT!


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.

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Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.
 

 
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review 2017-08-11 06:20
Hot & Bothered
Irresistible You (The Chicago Rebels Series Book 1) - Kate Meader

The Chicago Rebels series continues with the story about Remy and Harper.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and for full understanding of the series, I recommend reading this hot series in order.

 

Harper has had many emotional blows in a row.  Trying to be a good team owner, she makes the decisions based solely on what the team needs.  Always sacrificing her own needs to keep the team solid.

 

Remy had thought he would finish his career on a winning team.  Never thinking he would be traded at the eleventh hour.  Also not sure what to do about his feelings for his new boss.  They do not even get along most of the time.

 

Such a great addition to the series!  A very slow burn, and you know how I love those.  So many surprises in this story to enhance the read.  Hockey is always scrumptious to read about, and with a very hot couple who cannot stop touching each other - HOT!  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.

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