Harper Lee New Book: Go Set a Watchman

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  If you are a literary buff, you are well aware of all the buzz on Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set a Watchman" finally coming to light 55 years after the world famous "To Kill a Mockingbird".  I find all of the events surrounding the publishing of this book fascinating. I had to share the link to the first chapter because the fact Harper Lee agreed to put out this … [Read more...]

Book Review: A Fine Romance – Candice Bergen

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In her latest memoir, "A Fine Romance," Candice Bergen takes us deep into where she is personally now in her life. She touches on years gone by, her past loves, her family and her time as Murphy Brown. What impresses me most is her candor on her state of being presently in her life. She is not bashful about her fondness for food and her current weight. However, she is proud of … [Read more...]

Books that can transform your life

Four Agreements

Reading is so critical to success and for the body and mind.  I wish that I had more time to devour all the books that I want to read. On any given weekend, I read a new book from cover to cover, as a way to stimulate my mind and to get away and to rejuvenate my mental batteries. I am always intrigued by what others are reading.  It kind of lets you get a perspective of the … [Read more...]

It is never too late to follow your dreams: Author publishes novel at 81

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One of my heroes and all time favorite authors will publish her 30th novel, The Cavendon Women, in March 2015.  Congratulations Barbara Taylor Bradford on living your dreams and following your passion!! The book that started it all is simply a must read for romance lovers "A Woman of Substance". This book was first published in 1979 has sold an astounding 32 million copies, … [Read more...]

Book Review – Unbroken – Louie Zamperini story

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Laura Hillenbrand

  If you are looking for a good book with an inspiring story, check out Unbroken - A World WarII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, also author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Laura writes excellent narrative nonfiction. Unbroken details the story of an American POW being held by the Japanese during World War II. The author … [Read more...]

The MELT Method: Roll and Flex to Relieve Pain and Stress

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  Have you heard about this new exercise THE MELT method? It is all the rage among adults suffering from issues such as chronic pain, aching joints, weight gain, stress, wrinkles, digestive problems, low energy and insomnia. This new exercise method was created by Sue Hitzmann, a well known fitness instructor in Manhattan. The MELT Method uses a soft MELT roller … [Read more...]

My workout regimen – End of Year Game Plan


I am delighted to share my workout regimen for the end of year.... Especially thanks to the book: 20 Pounds Younger: The Life-Transforming Plan for a Fitter, Sexier You! by Michele Promaulayko and Laura Tedesco My goal is to exercise every day for an hour until the end of the year.  This will help me get ready for 2015. I have been a little remiss in my exercise … [Read more...]

Author Scott Westerfield – Sage Advice from NY Times Best Selling Author

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  Many of you know about my writing challenge for the month of November.  I am in the editing mode now of my novel. It is a delightful experience. I enjoy learning tips from successful writers.  It is so nice to see someone successful sharing tips and strategies for the newbies wanting to grow and strengthen their craft. I came across Scott Westerfield's blog … [Read more...]

100 Notable Books of 2014 – From NY Times Book Review

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It is that time of year again to look back at the Best Books of the year as listed by The New York Times Book Review editors.  I read the NY Times faithfully every Sunday and a few times during the week. The New York Times Book Review is my favorite part of the paper... Take a look at the list below highlighting a few notables in the Fiction and Poetry area. Do you think … [Read more...]

Miami Book Fair 2013 – Still Strong After 30 Fabulous Years!

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Congratulations to the great team of volunteers, organizers and sponsors of this year's Miami Book Fair.  2013 marked the 30th year of this wonderful event.  It is literally an eight day literary feast for authors, writers and publishers.  People from all over the globe come down for 8 days and celebrate and promote the art and fun of literature. The best thing about this … [Read more...]