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review 2017-03-10 15:27
Wallflower by Chad Lutzke
Wallflower - Chad Lutzke

Wallflower is a novella rich in character development. Unfortunately, the main character develops in a way that does little to improve his life, and the reader is along for the ride.

 

I'm not going to get into the plot, because this isn't a book report and because I don't want to be a spoiler. I will say that this story rang true to me and I think it would to anyone that has ever known a person with an addiction-be it drugs, alcohol, gambling or anything else.

 

The whole "I'm not addicted", or the "I'm too strong to let any drug take over my life" arguments are what I've heard and even said myself at times. But it wasn't true. I knew it, and everyone around me knew it. My addiction was only to nicotine, (I'm saying only to a drug that kills almost 500,000 people per year in the U.S. alone), but it was a powerful addiction just the same. By the time I admitted that it was an addiction, it was too late, and I was hooked for another 25 years before I finally quit for good.

 

How does a person get to that point? What could be done to prevent it from happening, if anything? These are all valid questions surrounding addiction. Wallflower doesn't answer any of these questions, but it does tell the story of one man and tells it poignantly, with feeling and truth.

 

Highly recommended! You can get your copy here: Wallflower

 

*I was provided a free e-copy of this book by the author, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2017-01-29 18:21
Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.
Fairly Certain (Love of Fairs) - Deborah Ann Davis
Young Adult Romantic Suspense Date Published: September 2015 Publisher: D&D Universe, llc
What happens when a Computer Geek challenges a Medieval Outlaw? PETIR TAKES A ROUGH TUMBLE IN THE CONNECTICUT WOODS, and awakens in the middle of old England. His instinct to freak out is tempered by the arrival of a fair maiden wearing a bow… and arrow. In his college world, fair maiden types don’t ordinarily go for computer geek types, but for some reason he is no longer in his world. Petir is fairly certain he can try whatever he wants without consequence. WITH THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE ROYALS ESCALATING, MAID RIANNE has joined the outlaws hiding in the woods, outwardly defying the handsome and accomplished knight to whom she is promised. She is fairly certain she is simply flattered by Lord Petir’s uncensored admiration of her skills with the staff and bow, the same unmaidenly pursuits disdained by her knight. But, that does not explain her reaction to Lord Petir’s unguarded gaze. TO PETIR’S DELIGHT, AND MAID RIANNE’S DISMAY, the outlaws invite him to join their merry band. What better way to get close to her? Throwing caution to the wind, Petir decides he has nothing to lose by pursuing Maid Rianne, until she is captured by the enemy. Now, a geek with no ability to defend himself must find a way to rescue the fair maiden.
My Review
I really liked the character of Petir, even though they way he talked about Rianne at times just drove me really crazy. I really enjoyed Rianne as well, I loved that she didn't let anybody tell her what she could or couldn't do. I thought the beginning was pretty bored, the middle had plenty of action, and the ending was definitely interesting. I thought the ending explained how Petir ended up were he did nicely. I loved what Petir's name really meant. I gave it only 4 out of 5 stars, just because while I thought everything at the end was explained pretty nicely, I just felted like something was missing. I just can't figure out what exactly that was. I think maybe I just wanted more excitement for the ending of the story. I really loved the characters and the Robin hood ties in the book. I would definitely recommend this book, I would warn you that parts of the book were pretty boring at times. But the plot I thought was pretty interesting and fun.
 
About the author
 
I currently reside in lovely Connecticut where I enjoy dabbling with living a sustainable life, developing my Girl’s Guide To Good Guys: The Power of Being Patient & Picky program to promote an empowering way for teenage girls to see themselves, writing novels for my Love of Fairs series (Fairly Obvious will be out in 2017), dancing, playing outside, and laughing really hard every day. I promote increasing the amount of movement throughout your day via Wiggle Writer posts on my blog, Merry Meddling, and on Twitter @WiggleWriter and @DeborahAnnDavis. Contact Information Website: http://deborahanndavis.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeborahAnnDavisAuthor/
Twitter: @WiggleWriter and @DeborahAnnDavis. Blog: http://deborahanndavis.com/merry-meddling/
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text 2017-01-24 21:37
Reading progress update: I've read 172 out of 251 pages.
Fairly Certain (Love of Fairs) - Deborah Ann Davis

Still enjoying the book. One thing that drives me crazy is Petir always calling Rianne "Maid Hottie." And also he thinks his still just dreaming this whole thing up.

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text 2017-01-22 20:36
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 251 pages.
Fairly Certain (Love of Fairs) - Deborah Ann Davis

Already off to a pretty funny start to the book. Petir I am already falling in love with!!!! And Rianne is a very intriguing heroine. And I love when its a guy that goes into the past instead of a woman. Plus Petir is considered a nerd, and I love a guy with some nerdiest in him.

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text 2017-01-13 13:16
VBT - Audio Book: Food Junkies by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell
Food Junkies: The Truth about Food Addiction - Lisa Bunting,Phil Werdell,Vera Tarman
Is it possible to be addicted to food? When does indulging in 'comfort' food become substance abuse? Is it possible that there is more than a lack of will power at work when someone can't stop eating? In Food Junkies, Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell explain what is - and isn't - food addiction, tackling this complex and poorly understood problem through the stories of many survivors and from the perspectives of medical researchers/practitioners. They break down the science behind the research so that anyone can understand it, and take a fresh look at obesity, overeating, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. For people struggling with these issues — and their families — recognizing the condition is the first step to gaining the kind of support and advice they need.
 

Food Junkies (finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards) offers hope and guidance. Read by Lisa Bunting, according to one audible customer review, her "calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing," while another noted the audiobook version "brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can't 'skim' or 'rush' through the life-changing content."

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/01/vbt-audio-book-food-junkies-by-vera.html
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