Book Spotlight/ Party With A Plan

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Book Title: Party With a Plan by Randy Haveson
Category: Adult nonfiction, 63 pages
Genre: Health & Wellness, Self-help
Publisher: RISE Publishing
Release date: May 2016
Tour dates: July 18 to Aug 8, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13 (Since this is a book that teaches people how to drink alcohol in a low-risk manner, it’s not really appropriate for kids.)

Book Description:

Finally! Here is a proven, practical way to drink alcohol and lower your risk for problems. Up until now, there have been two primary messages when it comes to drinking alcohol. One is “just say no,” which for the majority of the population is not an option. The other is to “drink responsibly.” But what does that mean? If you ask five random people to define responsible drinking, you will most likely get five completely different answers. This invalidates the term because it can be defined in so many different ways. Party with a Plan® gives a concise and research based formula that teaches people how to drink and lower their risk of negative consequences. It’s like creating a speed limit for drinking. If you stick to the speed limit, your chance of problems is minimal. However, the more you go over the speed limit, and the more often you go over the speed limit, the more you put yourself and others at risk. This book is long overdue!

Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Author website

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Meet the Author:

partywithaplanauthorRandy Haveson knows addiction. As an alcoholic in long-term recovery (May, 1984), he has dedicated his life to helping others make more empowered choices in their lives. He is a 25 year veteran in the substance abuse field with extensive experience as a counselor, Director of Health & Alcohol Education at highly accredited universities, and speaker on over 100 campuses, speaking about harm reduction, self-esteem, leadership, and supporting students in recovery.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

 

 

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Let’s talk about alcohol. It’s been around for centuries, but up until now there’s never been a formula that teaches people the correct way to drink and stay out of trouble. Sure, we talk about “moderate drinking” and “responsible drinking,” but those terms are so vague that they don’t give anything specific to grab on to. Could you imagine a new group of baseball players coming out to the field and the coach says, “Ok, let’s play baseball. Now get out there and play in moderation.” Of course not! We teach them rules, what is ok and what’s not ok. Same with driving, we teach new drivers the rules of the road, how to anticipate potential problems, and when it’s not a good idea to drive at all. We don’t hand the keys to a 16-year-old and say, “Remember to drive responsibly.”

 

After all these centuries, we now have solid guidelines that teach people the difference between low-risk drinking and high-risk drinking. The formula is research based, easy to understand, and simple to follow. The reason it is called low-risk is because there is always some risk involved if someone drinks. Look at it this way; you can stay in the shallow end of the pool, wear a life vest, and have a lifeguard present, but there’s still a risk of drowning. The only way to guarantee zero risk is to not get in the pool in the first place. Of course, with all those measures taken, the chance is slight, and you are a low-risk candidate for problems, but there’s still a risk. The same goes for drinking. Following the low-risk guidelines will lower your risk. The more precautions you take, the smaller the chance of getting in trouble.

 

Another analogy I use is the speed limit. When we see the number on a speed limit sign, we know the speed at which it is safe to drive. We might not agree with the limit, but that’s what it is. And following the limit puts us at a lower risk for problems. However, the more we go over the speed limit, and the more often we go over the speed limit, the more we put ourselves and others at risk. Now it’s the same for drinking. Now people will know if they are going over the limit and how much they are going over the limit. My hope is that more people will follow the guidelines and we will have less tragedies in our society because of high-risk drinking choices.

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

July 18 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – spotlight / guest post
July 18 – Working Mommy Journal – spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 19 – Bound 2 Escape – spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 19 – Sylv all about books and film – spotlight / guest post
July 20 – Essentially Italian – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 21 – 100 Pages A Day – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 21 – XoXo Book Blog – spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 22 – Book and Ink – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 22 – Northern MSW – spotlight / author interview
July 24 – Writers and Authors – spotlight / giveaway
July 26 – Library of Clean Reads – spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 26 – Celticlady’s Reviews – spotlight / giveaway
July 27 – The Journey Back – spotlight / giveaway
July 27 – StoreyBook Reviews – spotlight / giveaway
July 28 – Fantastic Feathers – spotlight
July 28 – Writers and Authors – guest post
July 29 – ACReads – spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 29 – Irresponsible Reader – spotlight / author interview
Aug 1 –   Brooke Blogs – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 2 –   3 Partners in Shopping – spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 2 –   Lukten av Trykksverte – spotlight / giveaway
Aug 3 –   #redhead.with.book – spotlight / giveaway
Aug 4 –   The Autistic Gamer – spotlight
Aug 5 –   Being Tilly’s Mummy – spotlight / author interview / giveaway
TBD    – Cindy’s Love of Books – spotlight / guest post
TBD    – Deal Sharing Aunt – spotlight / giveaway

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Review & Blog Tour/ The Supreme Macaroni Company

Review & Blog Tour/ The Supreme Macaroni CompanyThe Supreme Macaroni Company Published by Harper Collins USA on November 2013
Pages: 352
Source: Book From Publisher
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In The Supreme Macaroni Company, Adriana Trigiani transports readers from the cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village to lush New Orleans to Italy and back again while exploring the tricky dynamics between Old World craftsmanship and New World ambition, all amid a passionate love affair that fuels one woman's determination to have it all.

For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This ancient business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli, the schoolteacher turned shoemaker, to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past . . . and a secret.

But after the wedding celebrations are over, Valentine wakes up to the hard reality of juggling the demands of a new business and the needs of her new family. Confronted with painful choices, Valentine remembers the wise words that inspired her in the early days of her beloved Angelini Shoe Company: "A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything." Now the proud, passionate Valentine is going to fight for everything she wants and savor all she deserves—the bitter and the sweet of life itself.

Romantic and poignant, told with humor and warmth, and bursting with a cast of endearing characters, The Supreme Macaroni Company is a sumptuous feast of delights: an unforgettable narrative about family, work, romance, and the unexpected turns of life and fate.

I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I just quickly want to thank Laura (Library of Clean Reads) and Italy Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour. I actually received The Supreme Macaroni Company late last year and I never got around to reading it until now.

I first heard about The Supreme Macaroni Company last year when I was lucky enough to go to BEA and get invited to Adriana’s house for a breakfast with a few other bloggers. I was thrilled to have been invited because I am a huge fan of her books. I just have to say that Adriana is amazing both as a person (who invites complete strangers into your home? Thank you Adriana) and as an author. I was in complete aw of her before meeting her and more so after meeting her. She is completely genuine what you see is what you get. She opened her home to us and made us all feel completely welcome like we were her dear friends. I have enclosed a photo that was taken that morning.

The Supreme Macaroni Company is the third book in the Valentine trilogy (Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine).

I have read the previous books but I think you could read this as a stand alone if you haven’t read the previous two. I found there to be enough information to get you through the book. Plus for me it was a while ago that I read the previous two so I forgot alot about the books but reading this I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.

While I was reading the book I felt like I was a part of the story because Adriana can transport you right into her book world. The way she rights literally makes you feel like you there. She describes it all so perfectly.

The Supreme Macaroni Company begins almost where Brava, Valentine has left off. Gianluca (who is 54, lives and works in Italy) has just proposed to Valentine who is 36. Valentine pulls every story out of the book not to accept his proposal but Gianluca manages to convince her. You can see that he truly loves her and would give her the world.

Their engagement is short and within a few months they are married. Her family is thrilled because she is the last one to get married and its a big deal in the Italian community and family.

Now if you are expecting a day at the beach and everything is peachy then you are wrong. They go through ups and downs and that is very common in marriage. The only thing that bothered me was how Valentine and Gianluca never had any discussions before getting married about where they would live, working, family etc. If your married you know how important that is.

I don’t want to spoil the book too much if you have yet to read this and want to and its always hard when you review the second, third etc book in the series.

So all I will say is will the age difference impact their relationship? What happens when Gianluca yearns to go back to Italy? Will Valentine make the move or demand they stay in NYC?

After reading the book I wish I was in NYC.

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Sheila from Book Journey, Adriana and myself

Meet the Author:

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Shoemaker’s Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the bestselling memoirDon’t Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. She wrote the screenplay for Big Stone Gap, which she also directed. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Connect with Adriana here: adrianatrigiani.com
Twitter: @adrianatrigiani
Facebook: facebook.com/adrianatrigiani

Book Tour Schedule:

Aug 4 –   Suko’s Notebook – review
Aug 4 –   Ivory Owl Reviews – review
Aug 5 –   I’d Rather Be At the Beach – review
Aug 5 –   One Frugal Girl – review
Aug 6 –   Studentessa Matta – review
Aug 7 –   Cindy’s Love of Books – review
Aug 7-    Savings in Seconds – review
Aug 8 –   Moonshine Art Spot – review
Aug 11 – Il Mio Tesore – review
Aug 11 – Cherry Blossoms – review
Aug 12 – PIX Me! Photography – review
Aug 12 – Lady in Read – review
Aug 13 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review
Aug 13 – Celticlady’s Reviews – review
Aug 14 – View From the Birdhouse – review
Aug 15 – Melina’s Book Blog – review
Aug 15 – Library of Clean Reads – review

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Review/ The Verona Trilogy Blog Tour

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Title: The Lens and the Looker
Series: The Verona Trilogy #1
Author: Lory S. Kaufman
Publisher: Sands of Time Publishing
Pub Date: March 2011
Pages: 322

About the book:

It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s), have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradation. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.

In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347. Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. But you don’t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities.

These three “hard cases” refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It’s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love – but that’s exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them – or it could change history.

Title: The bronze and the Brimstone
Series: The Verona Trilogy #2
Author: Lory S. Kaufman
Publisher: Sands of Time Publishing
Pub Date: July 2011
Pages: 334

About the Book:

What could go wrong in the 14th-century for three time-traveling teens? How about – EVERYTHING!

Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three teens from the 24th-century, are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy. They’ve survived many deadly experiences by keeping their wits about them and by introducing futuristic technology into the past. Principal among these inventions is the telescope, which brought them to the attention of the rich and powerful.

But standing out can get you into unexpected – situations. The nobles of Verona now believe Hansum is a savant, a genius inventor, especially after he brings them plans for advanced cannons and black powder. Being the center of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansum’s every move.

Meanwhile, artistic genius Shamira has fallen for a Florentine artist with bloody and disastrous consequences. Lincoln, considered an incompetent back home in the 24th-century, has blossomed – at least until he’s shot in the head with an arrow. And Hansum, after secretly marrying his new master’s beautiful daughter, Guilietta, is offered the hand in marriage of lady Beatrice, daughter of the ruler of Verona. To refuse could mean calamity for all the teens.

Amazingly, none of this is their biggest challenge. Because a rash illness is spreading across Verona – and it is threatening to consume everyone. Do they have a future in this past?

Title: The Loved and the Lost
Series: The Verona Trilogy #3
Author: Lory S. Kaufman
Publisher: Sands of Time Publishing
Pub Date: Feb 2013
Pages: 314

About the book:
A quest for lost love. An adventure of many lifetimes.

Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln are three 24th-century time travelers desperate to return to 14th-century Verona and reclaim their medieval family’s shattered lives. It is a mission fraught with danger and the risk of unexpected consequences for themselves and their worlds. For all three, it is a matter of the heart. For one, though, it is truly the only thing that matters, as the fate of his eternal love and the life of their unborn child is the prize to be won – or lost forever.

In this, the final book of The Verona Trilogy, our three time travelers go on the boldest adventure of their lives. They will face hardship, tragedy, and threats from sources they couldn’t have imagined – all in an effort to wrestle a future from the steely grip of an unforgiving past.

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I was going to do separate reviews of the books but instead decided to put it all into one post.

I was lucky enough to get the books a few months ago so I was able to sit back and enjoy the books without feeling rushed. One of the great things about taking part in this tour is being able to read one book right after the other and not having to wait for them to come out.

I really enjoyed reading the three books considering this isn’t a genre I read a lot of. The books consist of time traveling.  The story takes place in Medeval l Italy in the 24th century and the year is 2347

Three teenagers (Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln) are being forced to attend History Camp due to their behavior and this is their punishment. So the purpose of the history camps are to make young people about hard labour and behavior. Hmm I wonder if that exists somewhere in the world because there area  few people I would love to send there.

These history camps normally work but not for these three and they are then forced to go to an Total Immersion History Camp and they back to the 14th century (1347) and live in Italy where they will be taught to behave and respect people.  Things are always different then they were then right?

I think these three were hell bent on being disruptive and at times I wanted to reach in and slap the backs of the heads. They didn’t appreciate anything in my opinion and they reminded me so much of people that I know today who think the world owes them.

Each book picks up where the previous one ended which I really enjoyed because it all flowed and didn’t leave me wondering what had happened.

I thought Lory did a great job with the story line and didn’t make it feel like this was a too far fetched series. I felt like I was learning something every time I read the book. A little history lesson so to speak.

I think the older group of kids would really enjoy reading this series and I think it would make a perfect summer read. The only down part is that they might zip through this rather quickly. I probably could have zipped through this one but I wanted to take my time because there was a lot of information.

I don’t want to get to much into my review because I am sure I will spoil it.

To see the other blogs who have participated and are participating on the tour please CLICK ON THIS . Thanks Laura for allowing me to be a part of this tour and a huge thank you to Lory for sending me his books to read for the tour. Lory also graciously signed my books for me. Thank you.

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