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text 2017-07-25 07:28
A Better Way to Get off from Stress Levels

The human population undergoes stress in three-fourth levels without any doubts. Mostly the people who are working are undergoing both physical and mental stress in a short span of time. Getting stressed out is not merely a disease or something and people need to stay aware of some of the ways to get relieved from stress. Stress leads your body to other levels of complications so never let the stress distress you!

 

Stress Out the Stress!

 

It is very straightforward to stay from stress. There is much Stress Management Vancouver which can help people to get a complete relief from stress. People must understand that stress can lead to sleep disorders, insomnia and other issues which will clearly bring an unhappy cloud in their levels. To help out people in needed times there are Trauma and Art Therapy which can be a great solution for dealing with high-stress levels and other symptoms.

 

Time to Save People

 

Most of the women who are undergoing a misbalance of work life are trying to commit suicide and that is purely because of stress which takes them to depression. It is time for people to get off from those mental strain and work better with the help of handling Trauma and Art Therapy which can really save them on time. Engage into any one of the counselling sessions and make sure you are doing fine after that. Make sure you are working on better sides to improve your happiness in life.

 

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review 2017-07-06 11:46
Herz und Köpfchen
Scardust - Suzanne van Rooyen

Ich habe wenig Erfahrung mit LSBTTIQ-Literatur. Um die Gay Romance habe ich bisher einen großen Bogen gemacht, weil ich – wie ihr mittlerweile wissen dürftet – kein Fan von Liebesgeschichten bin. Ich weiß, dass sich dieses spezielle Genre eines stetigen wachsenden Publikums erfreut, mir war allerdings nicht klar, dass die Kategorisierung als Gay Romance nicht zwangsläufig bedeutet, dass das entsprechende Buch als klassischer Liebesroman betitelt werden kann. Jede Genre-Kombination ist erlaubt. Ich bin daher sehr froh, dass mir Suzanne van Rooyens Science-Fiction-Roman „Scardust“ bei Netgalley begegnete und mir die Augen öffnete.

 

Raleigh Williams will die Erde verlassen. Was hält ihn schon in Dead Rock, Texas? Eine traumatische Vergangenheit voller schlechter Erinnerungen? Nein, Raleigh ist entschlossen, Teil der Marskolonie zu werden, koste es, was es wolle. Als eines Nachts jedoch ein Meteor in der texanischen Wüste einschlägt, werden all seine Pläne auf den Kopf gestellt. Im Krater findet er einen mit Narben übersäten, unverschämt gutaussehenden Mann ohne Gedächtnis, der weder weiß, wer er ist, noch wie er den Einschlag überleben konnte oder wieso er überhaupt als Meteor auf die Erde stürzte. Genau genommen ist nicht mal sicher, ob der Fremde ein Mensch ist. Der einzige Anhaltspunkt sind die Erinnerungsfetzen, die die beiden austauschen, wann immer sie sich berühren. Raleigh erklärt sich bereit, Meteor-Mann zu helfen. Eine folgenschwere Entscheidung, denn schon bald sind ihnen krude Regierungsbeamte auf den Fersen. Auf ihrer Flucht erforschen sie gemeinsam die Erinnerungen des jeweils anderen und kommen sich dabei beständig näher. Doch je mehr Antworten sie erhalten, desto unklarer wird das Gesamtbild, bis die Grenzen von Realität und Einbildung verschwimmen.

 

Ich fand „Scardust“ toll. Mir ist selbstverständlich bewusst, dass das Buch nicht perfekt ist und einige verbesserungswürdige Aspekte enthält, wie zum Beispiel die Objektifizierung der Hauptfiguren durch die zwanghafte Darstellung ihrer körperlichen Attraktivität oder der beschämende Umgang mit dem Thema Prostitution, aber die Lektüre bereitete mir so viel Freude, dass ich darüber hinwegsehen wollte und konnte. Vielleicht sollten mir diese Stolpersteine mehr ausmachen, doch ich hatte einfach Spaß beim Lesen. Dieses Gefühl überstrahlt jegliche Kritik, die die kleine nörgelnde Stimme in meinem Kopf geltend machen möchte. Meiner Meinung nach überzeugt dieser SciFi-Roman vor allem durch die Protagonisten, die in abwechselnder Ich-Perspektive nicht nur äußerst glaubwürdig und realistisch ausgearbeitet, sondern auch schlicht und ergreifend unheimlich sympathisch sind. Raleigh ist ein traumatisierter junger Mann, der aus einer zerrütteten Familie stammt und bisher nicht viel Glück hatte. Seine sexuelle Orientierung brandmarkte ihn stets als „anders“, was in einem kleinen texanischen Kaff natürlich schwierig ist. In seiner Vergangenheit liegt so manches dunkles Geheimnis, das ihn bis heute verfolgt. Suzanne van Rooyen integrierte Raleighs Trauma hervorragend in ihre Geschichte, ohne seine Persönlichkeit schwach wirken zu lassen. Ich fand es vollkommen verständlich, dass er seinem seelischen Ballast zu entkommen versucht und dafür den radikalsten Weg wählt, der ihm einfällt: ein Leben auf dem Mars. Als ihm der Meteor-Mann begegnet, den er kurzerhand Crow tauft, geraten diese Pläne allerdings heftig ins Stolpern. Sein Entschluss, Crow zu helfen, bringt ihn und alle, die ihm nahestehen, in Gefahr. Plötzlich wird er gejagt und bedroht, ohne zu wissen, wieso. Den Mann ohne Gedächtnis umgibt ein haarsträubendes Rätsel, das ich überaus spannend fand. Ich begriff nicht, was mit Crow nicht stimmt und wollte unbedingt herausfinden, was die scheinbar nicht-menschlichen, etwas übertrieben heftigen Symptome, die er durchleidet, zu bedeuten haben. Crow ist ein extrem unterstützender, toleranter Charakter, der Raleigh trotz seiner fragwürdigen Vergangenheit nimmt, wie er ist, ohne ihn zu verurteilen, da er durch ihre geteilten Erinnerungen buchstäblich in seiner Haut steckte. Die sich rasch entwickelnden Gefühle zwischen den beiden erschienen mir daher durchaus nachvollziehbar. Sie verbindet eine sehr intime Beziehung, die sich mit jeder Berührung weiter intensiviert. Ist es da verwunderlich, dass sie sich schnell ineinander verlieben? Sie lernen sich auf einer Ebene kennen, für die andere Menschen Jahre brauchen. Es gibt zwischen ihnen keine Lügen, Schmeicheleien oder Geheimnisse, nur reine, echte Nähe, die sogar Raleighs sorgsam errichteten emotionalen Schutzwall durchbricht, weil Crow ihm all das bietet, wonach er sich insgeheim sehnt. Ich fand ihre Beziehung entzückend und bangte der niederschmetternden Auflösung, wer Crow ist, entgegen. Diese Wendung der Geschichte kann ich nur als abgefahren bezeichnen. Meine Kinnlade rauschte zu Boden. Ich sehe zwar ein paar kleinere Probleme hinsichtlich der Plausibilität dieses Erklärungsansatzes, kann aber nicht leugnen, dass mich dessen Originalität beeindruckte. Ich war wie vom Donner gerührt und hätte niemals erwartet, dass Suzanne van Rooyen mit dermaßen futuristischen Ideen aufwartet.

 

„Scardust“ ist ein Science-Fiction-Roman aus der Gay Romance voller Action und glaubhaften Emotionen. Suzanne van Rooyen bietet einige interessante Denkanstöße bezüglich der Zukunft und spricht erstaunlich viele Tabuthemen an, ohne jemals die Handlung ihrer Geschichte aus den Augen zu verlieren. Das Buch enthält zwar den einen oder anderen Mangel, doch unterm Strich war die Lektüre unterhaltsam und mitreißend, was meines Erachtens nach stets schwerer wiegt als jeder Kritikpunkt. Es wundert mich nicht, dass „Scardust“ im Rahmen der Rainbow Awards 2016 ausgezeichnet wurde. Raleighs und Crows Geschichte ist eine bezaubernde Mischung aus Herz und Köpfchen, die ich euch guten Gewissens weiterempfehlen kann.

 

Vielen Dank an den Verlag Entangled Embrace für die Bereitstellung dieses Rezensionsexemplars via Netgalley im Austausch für eine ehrliche Rezension!

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/suzanne-van-rooyen-scardust
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review 2017-04-30 21:56
Speak
Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson

I did not enjoy high school. When I hear about those who had 'fun', I always wonder how they managed to avoid bullying, lousy teachers, academic pressure, or the general angst adolescence brings.  But some enjoy it. Maybe they had the steel to survive the bullshit. Everyone is different. Most kids were just trying to get by. Like I was.

 

'Speak' is about one of those regular kids. In the summer before school starts Melinda gets assaulted by an older student at a party. She tells no one, and worse comes to worst she is also blamed for blowing the whistle on the party after the police arrive. So she starts high school being branded a snitch and her friends abandoning her. She has no one to tell the truth about that night. She had been raped.

 

As a reader I joined Melinda's odyssey through 9th grade. I have never experienced the horror of being raped, but the desolate pit that keeps growing in Melinda is something I do recognize. When trauma happens, the long days ahead become about survival. The past normalcy of your life is one you don't recognize anymore. 

 

The absurdity of high school is more enunciated to Melinda now. Like her I had flaky 'friends' who disappeared when cooler people came around, bullies who shoved you in the hallway, dumb football coaches as teachers, and rigorous courses catering to standardized testing.

 

But there is some light that shines through. It happens for Melinda and it happened for me. Her art class and the sweet relationship with her art teacher makes me emotional each time I read it.

 

Trauma doesn't happen to everybody, and it shouldn't happen to someone so early. Melinda has to learn to 'speak' about what happens to her. She has to understand there are people who care and people who want to listen. That is the first step forward. And she makes it happen.

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review 2017-04-15 18:10
For police procedural lovers looking for characters they can relate to. And some great secondary players.
Marred - Sue Coletta

I’m reviewing this book as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team and was provided with a copy of the book that I freely chose to review.

I read and reviewed Sue Coletta’s Wings of Mayhem, book one in The Mayhem Series (check the review here), and was impressed and intrigued. Now, on the occasion of the launch of the second book in the Grafton County Series, Cleaved (yes, I’m reading and reviewing that too, try and stop me!) I managed to catch up with the author’s first book in that series, that chronicles the lives of Sage and Niko Quintano, a couple who now live in Grafton County, New Hampshire, where they took refuge after something horrific happened to Sage. Niko is the new sheriff and Sage is a successful author of crime novels, although, unfortunately, she ends up playing the part of the victim in real life more than once.

Sage and Niko are trying to recover from their personal tragedy, as Sage lost a baby she was carrying when she was assaulted but they are both keeping things from each other, in an attempt at protecting the other. During the book, they’ll realise they are stronger together and the best way to beat evil is to be honest with each other and to share the truth, however hard it might be to hear.

The novel has strong elements of the police procedural genre. Niko is an accomplished detective, although sometimes hindered by his personal feelings and his inability to see and accept the unacceptable, and as there are not as many crime fighting means in a small town, he gets to share his expertise (his training one of the deputies gives the reader the perfect opportunity to eavesdrop and learn, although it might be a bit too much detail for those with no appetite for the grosser things in the art of detecting) on issues such as blood spatter and how to process a crime scene. Frankie, his fiery and fashion conscious deputy, is a fabulous character who takes no prisoners and tolerates no fools. Sadly, that means she has little opportunity for career advancement, as tact is not her strong suit, but through the novel, we get to understand her better, see her softer side, and she’s great at one-liners and gritty and witty repartees. Although Niko might complain about Frankie’s evident disdain for authority, he enjoys the banter and their relationship is one of the fun and lighter elements in the novel. The crimes are gruesome, bizarre and puzzling, as it appears the killer is trying to send a message but nobody knows what it is or who the intended recipient might be. There are red herrings and confusion, as it becomes clear that these crimes relate to what happened to Sage years back, in Boston, but we don’t know how or why. Lies and withholding of information don’t help and Sage does a fair deal of amateur investigating too.

Apart from the police procedural aspect, there are also other elements that give the novel a distinct flavour. The strong relationship between the couple and their shared (at least in part) trauma plays a big part in the action and also in the reactions and behaviours of the characters, that at times might stretch reader’s suspension of disbelief but would fit in with somebody trying to survive to a horrible ordeal. This is not the typical novel about the lone detective, who lives only for his work and solving cases but is totally unable to have a meaningful relationship. Thanks to Sage’s memories we share some of the couple’s high and low points. Pet names, real pets and home life (including thoughts about the laundry) ground the characters and their relationship making them more relatable and real, rather than just case-solving automatons. Sage’s otherworldly encounters (she consults a spiritual guide and has a very special experience during the investigation, but I won’t spoil the story) are also outside the norm for a book otherwise very realistic and detailed.

The story is told from the points of view of several characters. Sage’s point of view is narrated in the first person and that makes the reader identify with her more closely. She is also a writer through and through and observes everybody around her, everything that happens and analyses her own thoughts and feelings in detail. Niko and Frankie are also given a narrative, although theirs is in the third person but still manages to make us see their different perspectives, helps us understand their behaviours and thought processes, and provides more information the readers can try and use to put together the jigsaw puzzle.

The book has a great sense of rhythm, and alternates very tense and dark scenes with moments of light relief (Frankie and the other deputies are always at hand with some strenuous comment or mishap, Sage and Niko also have their humorous moments and the novel is tongue-in-cheek about possible comparisons, including comments about Castle) and is particularly effective at dropping the readers right into the action and making them share the experiences and emotions of the characters.  The ending manages to be satisfyingly upbeat while also introducing a final disquieting note.

A recommended reading for those who love detailed police procedural novels (and TV series like CSI, Criminal Minds and yes, Castle), with characters who carry a heavy baggage, in a backwoods/small-town setting and with less down-to-earth elements thrown in too. A strong stomach is a necessary requirement. I’d also recommend it to writers keen on the genre as there’s much to be learned from the author.

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text 2017-04-09 19:30
Pies and Hot Cowboys Yeehaw
Lost Rider (The Coming Home Series) - Harper Sloan

4 swoon-tastic stars

Hot hunky damaged man, with rippled abs cowboy, who dumps his life breaks a few hearts and searches for redemption in the heart of his childhood friend, that he nearly destroyed. Their bond to each other is strong but the damage is deep and dense with scar tissue that may not ever be softened. There is hot cowboy riding, smoking hot kisses, and swoon worthy moments galore is this first book in a series I am looking forward to continuing. 

The female main character. Leighton, owns and operates a bakery called The Pie Hole. She makes delicious pies for work and fun. Who wouldn't love her and want her every happiness ? She is the girl you want you want at your back, trust worthy loyal and steadfast. She loves pure and hard, but her trust is not so easy to earn back once it's been shredded and broken. I just loved her.

Maverick, this boy can pull his inner jerk out. He may be a uber hot cowboy but he acted like a massive donkey. He had good reason, he just never told anybody about the reasons. He preferred to carry that chip on his shoulder and darken his life even more. He was down and digging a deeper hole. Till life kicked him one time too many and he was forced to return to his center and realign everything in his life. 

Very enjoyable read. I liked the characters, felt for them, could relate to them, would like any of them as friends, that is a winner. 

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