Friday, May 31, 2013

Free for All Friday: Christian Fiction Collection

Free for All Friday gives you a chance to win great prizes. This week we're offering a Christian fiction package of three books from two favorite authors.

When Sarah Carr's husband Jamie drowns, her young life is shattered and takes a turn that she never expected. Pregnant and now widowed, she reaches out to Jamie's family for help but they are unwilling. Instead they devise a plan to have her kidnapped and taken to the Colonies to live a life of servitude. Sarah's new life in the Colonies finds her surrounded by a family's whirlwind of secrets, while she hopes the young doctor she loves with will bring her freedom.

Lynn Myers is still reeling from losing her husband of thirty-five years when word comes that her only sibling, an older brother, has also died. With no one else to settle the estate, she must return to her small hometown of Bloomfield, however briefly, to settle his affairs.

Lynn's daughter, Rachel, has just graduated from Bible college and with no other commitments comes along to sort through her uncle's huge old home, right next to the local cemetery.

This is the fourth book in the Bloomfield series. All these novels are stand alone books written by different authors.

The Deliverer is the third and final book in Kathi's Freedom series. Though I feel there is much to be gained by reading all the books in the series, this book is able to stand alone.

The Deliverer picks up just months after Special Delivery leaves off, continuing with the stories of Mara, freed from slavery but still struggling with scars and memories from the past; Jonathan, attending Bible college but strongly drawn to Mara, despite her past; and Lawan, having escaped the brothel in Thailand and miraculously reunited with her younger sister in the US and adopted by the same family. Will Mara be able to move past the pain and hatred that bind her, even if it means traveling back to the place where her parents betrayed her and sold her into sexual slavery? Will she allow The Deliverer to set her free—once and for all?

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday Books: Thursday Night Pizza by Fr. Dominic Garramone

After twenty years of testing recipes on his fellow monks, Father Dominic of public television's Breaking Bread offers a surprising variety of pizza recipes sure to please every palate. With his customary detailed and easy-to-follow directions, Father Dom shows you how to make the perfect crust (the real key to first-rate pizza), flavorful homemade sauces, and savory toppings. You ll discover a delicious reduced-fat sausage that is both easy and economical, the way to avoid soggy crusts, and a magic trick to have warm, crusty bread waiting for your breakfast the morning after pizza night. Recipes include six different doughs, seven sauces, and dozens of pizzas like Pesto and Prosciutto Pizza, Muffaletta Pizza, The Denver Diner Special, Mediterranean Vegetable Pizza, Pizza Diavolo, and Fig and Papaya Dessert Pizza.

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Reedy Press (October 5, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933370653
ISBN-13: 978-1933370651

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to Maureen and Melanie who both won a Killer in Crinolines Tote Bag from author Duffy Brown. We also congratulate Sylvia, who picked up a copy of After the Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue.

The winners have been contacted. Thanks to all who entered.

Guest Blogger: Heart Healthy Foods by Tammy Mahan

Everyone should include heart healthy foods in their diet. If you start feeding your children foods that are good for their hearts at an early age, chances are they will continue to eat them through adulthood.

Not only do heart healthy foods keep the cardiovascular system running in tip top shape, it also lowers the risk of obesity which has become an epidemic in both children and adults in the last decade.

As you get older, it is even more important to take better care of your heart. When many people hear heart healthy foods they automatically imagine a plate of full of food they dislike. That is not always the case as there are plenty of delicious foods that are great for your heart that you already love to eat. The only difference is you do not know that they are good for your heart.

Prevention is the best medicine. It is never too late to start eating a heart healthy diet. No one wants to be forced to start a healthy diet after they have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease or after they have had a heart attack that could have claimed their life. Therefore, why not start that healthy heart diet now? This will allow your children, and spouse to follow your lead.

Let us look at some heart healthy foods:

• Oatmeal – A perfect start to your day! In place of sugar, add a few of your favorite berries to sweeten it up. Oatmeal is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, which have been proven to increase heart health and lower triglycerides. Omega 3 fatty acids are also known to reduce heart arrhythmias. It also lowers the risk of a second heart attack and a stroke.

• Flaxseed – Ground flaxseed is great! You can put it in almost any food including cereal, salads, smoothies, scrambled eggs, and pancakes, the list is endless. Ground flaxseed is fiber and omega 3 fatty acids.

• Blueberries – A sweet delicious fruit that you can eat alone, add to cereal, yogurt, cookies, muffins, pancakes, smoothies, and lots of other foods. Blueberries are high in calcium, magnesium, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, Beta-carotene and lutein, and ellagic acid. All of which are known to keep your heart healthy!

• Dark Chocolate – Who doesn’t love chocolate? If you can limit your chocolate to one small piece a day, you will be doing your heart and your waistline a favor while still enjoying a nice treat. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids and reservatrol, which are both good for your heart and can lower your blood pressure.

• Cantaloupe – A cantaloupe is great for a snack, breakfast, or added to lunch or dinner. It is high in fiber, vitamin B-complex, Vitamin C, folate, potassium, Alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein. A great tasting fruit that is good for your heart!

• Broccoli – Not a real popular vegetable with children but it can be ground up and easily hidden in foods. Broccoli is rich in Beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, and calcium.

These are just a few of the heart healthy foods you can eat every day to make sure your heart is in good health. It is never too early or too late to start protecting your heart.

Tammy Mahan is a medical and health writer who lives in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York with her Husband. Writing for allows her to share her medical knowledge with others.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Guest Blogger: Find Happiness During Your Family Travels by Kendra Thornton

I am thrilled to have a special guest today. Our recent trip to Orlando made me realize how important these tips are.

Family traveling can be an amazing experience that children and parents will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Sometimes, half of the fun is just getting out of the house for a few hours while other times it is fantastic to be away for a few days. Whatever the case may be, here are some tips to keep the family happy, healthy and safe.

• Tip 1: Before the family begins a traveling experience, make sure that each individual has an excellent, healthy breakfast. A healthy breakfast can do wonders for children as well as adults and prepares them for the day. In addition to this, a healthy breakfast makes it easier for the body to break down food into energy that it needs throughout the course of the day. Besides this, a healthy breakfast can prevent hunger pangs and that can cause the experience to stop for a snack, which costs extra money.

• Tip 2: One of the biggest challenges of everyone, especially the children, is to get adequate sleep the night before activities begins. It can be very difficult to accomplish this. While putting children to bed earlier or putting them on a different sleep schedule a few days before traveling is ideal that may not happen. Taking a nap can while commuting to a destination can be a great way of getting children the rest they need. Even when you get to your destination, keep in mind that many Orlando hotels offer quiet hours at their establishments to further ensure that famlies get a solids nights rest!

• Tip 3: Traveling on the road or between destinations can be difficult for any child since they love to wiggle and run around. Make it a priority to be sure to stop at various intervals while traveling. Stopping at a rest area or park can be ideal for children to stretch their legs as well as to run around and shout it their pent up energy.

• Tip 4: When traveling on an airplane, be sure to have anti-bacterial wipes or hand sanitizer since airplane bathrooms are not the cleanest facilities to use. According to microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba from the University of Arizona, airline bathrooms are some of the germiest facilities that are available. Keeping children healthy during traveling is vital and it certainly beats dealing with a sick child while on a trip.

• Tip 5: Travels that bring a family to swimming pool or a water park can be times of joy for children. Make sure the joy lasts by making sure each child has the right pool equipment such as water wings, life preservers, goggles and other accessories. In addition to this, be sure to keep an eye on the children. Even better, join them in the water and make it a point to play new games. Not only are the children having fun, but also they are being kept safe under the watchful eye of their parents.

Planning beforehand can enhance a family trip and make the experience quite special indeed. Although planning can take some time, it is certainly worth it as the children are pleasant, which makes parenting that much easier. In fact, it can start a tradition for the next family travel experience. 


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PBS KIDS offers free RESOURCES TO Fuel learning this summer

Arlington, VA, May 23, 2013 –This summer, PBS KIDS will provide families with a variety of free and educational resources to encourage young learners to continue learning and exploring over summer vacation. Research shows that students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months, and that loss is even greater among children in low-income communities. To combat this summer slump, PBS KIDS has developed 10 weeks of special on-air programming, a variety of online resources, and partnerships with Pottery Barn Kids,, Scholastic and

“PBS KIDS and our member stations are providing families with a wealth of resources and partnerships to keep children engaged and learning this summer,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “The summer is a great time for families to explore together, and we know that our content can help families bridge the summer learning gap and build critical skills for success.”

Summer Learning Theme-Weeks
Starting Monday, June 3 (check local listings), PBS KIDS presents 10 weeks of themed programming to inspire children ages 2-8 to explore and learn. Each week will feature episodes from a different PBS KIDS series.

The line-up includes:
  • WILD KRATTS – “Bug Week,” starting June 3                  
  • SUPER WHY! – “Super You Week,” starting June 10         
  • SESAME STREET – “Literacy Quest Week,” starting June 17          
  • MARTHA SPEAKS – “Puppy Week,” starting June 24         
  • CURIOUS GEORGE – “Creative George Week,” starting July 1                   
  • DINOSAUR TRAIN – “Dinosaurs A-Z” starting July 8                     
  • DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD – “Let’s Play Outside Week,” July 15                
  • THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! – “Let’s Get Wet Week,” starting July 22         
  • ARTHUR – “Sports Week,” starting July 29                      
  • WORDGIRL® – “What’s Up With WordGirl Week,” starting August 5          

Partnership Activities
PBS KIDS is working with the following select group of partners to encourage children and families to explore literacy and learning all summer long.

Pottery Barn Kids: PBS KIDS is working with Pottery Barn Kids this summer to highlight the importance of reading through the Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge.  From May 24 through August 26, families can find activities and tips from PBS KIDS, including a “PBK Favorites” booklist, certificate of completion and bookmark, in stores and online at Children that complete the list and bring it to a Pottery Barn Kids location will receive a free book, or parents can enter their child into an online drawing for a backpack full of books. Additionally, PBS KIDS will be providing tips to help families create a literate home at participating Pottery Barn Kids retail locations and on the Summer Reading Challenge website. For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge and related activities, visit Beginning May 20, families can visit Summer Reading Adventures hosted by to access a number of summer reading resources, including a “Do-It-Yourself” Reading Camp. “DIY” Reading Camp includes everything parents need to host 10 weeks of learning fun right from their own living rooms and backyards. Each camp week includes a dozen projects and activities, including specially selected PBS KIDS content, for parents and kids to do together. PBS KIDS and will also encourage families to read over the summer months with the “We’ll Read 10” pledge – which offers families the chance to win one of five Kindle Prize Packs. To take the pledge or learn more about DIY Summer Reading camp, visit

Scholastic: As the national “Ambassador of Summer Reading,” WordGirl is challenging kids to read every day this summer through Scholastic’s Summer Challenge. The Scholastic Summer Challenge™ is a free online reading program where kids can log their reading minutes to earn rewards and help set a new 2013 world record for summer reading to beat last year’s record of 95,859,491 minutes. Grandparents can help kids with reading, too. PBS KIDS is proud to be working with to offer resources to provide grandparents with ideas and literacy-building activities that they can do with their grandchildren over the summer break.

Online and Mobile Resources
Select episodes and clips will also be featured on and on the free PBS KIDS Video App. Additionally, each week a special episode will be available as a free download on iTunes.

Online, parents and caregivers will find free, downloadable activity guides and printables to host reading parties and more on Literacy-focused games and activities will be available for kids at PBS KIDS also offers more than 25 educational mobile appsavailable on iOS and Android to help kids build key skills for learning.

Through a variety of summer learning initiatives, PBS KIDS continues to offer educational and engaging content across platforms to more and more families. PBS KIDS is increasingly serving children wherever they live, learn and play.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Busy Mom's Landscaping Projects

People without green thumbs who take on landscaping projects must be insane. The above picture is what the front of our house looked liked before my crazy idea to change it. When we moved in, I had no knowledge of landscaping and gardens. I barely have more ability after thirteen years, but that doesn't keep me from trying.

My brilliant idea: remove these bushes and put in flowering plants. Not a bad plan, just not an easy one. Finding and downloading the garden plan off the Internet--easy. Ordering the plants online--also easy. Getting bushes out of the garden that have been there for thirteen years--not easy at all.

I had promised the two low ones to the church for the new flower bed they (I mean me and three other people) were putting in, and I decided to move that juniper (maybe) into the backyard to hide the generator we put in after we lost power for over a week in 2011 after a surprise October snowstorm. You know, the lovely storm that meant we had to vacate our home for the third time in the span of five months and where the power was out long enough for sewer water to back into our basement.

Anyway, I had to call the landscaper in to get that big bush out of there. My back said no way was I doing it. He was kind enough to set up the flower bed for me, so all I had to do was dig and put the new plants in. Keeping the plants alive for two weeks after they arrived until he showed up to remove the bush was a challenge.

I laid out all the plants--even took out a measuring tape to be sure it would be relatively even--and then put them in. Then the landscaper came to mulch all the beds.

We've made a few other improvements, too, lately. Hopefully I'll have more pictures soon.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thursday Books: Sir Thursday, The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 4 by Garth Nix

The stellar fourth book in Garth Nix's masterpiece series... now in paperback!

On the fourth day there was war...
Following their adventures in the Border Sea, Arthur and Leaf head for home. But only Leaf gets through the Front Door. Arthur is blocked because someone . . . or something . . . has assumed his identity and is taking over his life.
Before Arthur can take action, he is drafted by Sir Thursday and forced to join the Glorious Army of the Architect. While Leaf tries to banish Arthur's doppleganger on earth, Arthur must survive his basic training, avoid getting posted to the Front and work out how he can free Part Four of the Will....

Age Range: 8 and up
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439436575
ISBN-13: 978-0439436571

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Busy Mom's Garden Update

As I've mentioned yesterday, we've been hard at work on our garden. Well, I've been hard at work. The girls simply reap the rewards.

This year, we did things a bit differently. I put together a spreadsheet so I could track when we planted the seeds and when the crops needed to be harvested. Not sure if that will help, but I never claimed to be a master gardener.

So far we've planted:

igloo lettuce
heirloom lettuce

The broccoli, spinach, squash, and cauliflower haven't done anything. I had trouble with the same seeds last year. I ended up buying a spinach plant at the store and added that to the garden last weekend. I tried again, unsuccessfully, to grow tomatoes and strawberries from seed and never got any seedlings. Then a storm came and blew down our small greenhouse, so that was the end of that. I bought two tomato plants and one strawberry and added them this weekend, too. Might be a bit too early for the tomato, but usually I plant on Memorial Day weekend, so it should be okay.

The sunflower, bean, cucumber, pea, and pumpkin seeds are sprouting. My onions are also doing well. I bought herb plants instead of trying to grow from seed this year. Last year, I didn't get much from the herb seeds, so I figured it would be easier just to buy the plants. All of them are doing well except the oregano. The leaves are turning brown. The darn rabbits are eating my parsley, too. Not seeing much progress in the potato bag, but it's probably too early yet.

The one surprise this year is the lettuce. I've never had trouble growing lettuce from seed before, but this year I'm not seeing any progress and they've been in the ground since the first week of the month. I'll probably try to plant again this week, but it might be too hot soon.

I've got to put up the temporary fence so the animals stay away, but for now the planting is done. I'll have to buy two or three more raised beds in order to add the corn and watermelon later.

I'll share more gardening news as it comes.

Monday, May 20, 2013

You've Got Mail Monday

Not a lot of great stuff ending up in my mailbox lately. I've been concentrating on the garden and not paying too much attention to the catalogs. The usuals show up: Land's End, FrontGate, Oriental Trading, but I'm not even browsing much.

The latest Gardener's Supply Company catalog is on my table. I haven't gone through it yet, but I know I want to order some type of irrigation system for the vegetable garden. It's too hard to keep hauling out the hose and water each night.

The only book I've received is Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl. I am hosting her book tour at The Children's and Teens' Book Connection. This books sounds fascinating. It features a young Emily Dickinson solving the murder of a handsome stranger. We're not too far from where Emily Dickinson lived, so I like to read books about her.

That's it for now. Hope you have a great week.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Guest Blogger: Michael Bigham, Author of Harkness (Giveaway)

In this thrilling debut novel, by Michael Bigham, Sheriff Matt Harkness faces a perilous challenge. He isn’t your typical Western sheriff. Cowboy boots make his arches ache, he’s phobic of horses, he drives an old battered pickup and his faithful companion is a wiener dog named Addison. Set on the Oregon High Desert in 1952, life in the small town of Barnesville has been easy-going for Matthew until a star-crossed teen-age couple disappears. Harkness is the keeper of secrets in his little town and to solve the crime, he must decide which secrets to expose. One secret involves Judge Barnes, the county’s most powerful man. But Harkness has a secret of his own: he’s in love with the Judge’s wife. How much is Harkness willing to risk to catch a murderer?

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The Lay of the Land
Landscape in Fiction
by Michael Bigham

There’s a feeling you get driving down to Casper at night from the north, and not only there, other places where you come through hours of darkness unrelieved by lights except the crawling wink of some faraway ranch truck. You come down a grade and all at once the shining town lies below you, slung out like all western towns, and with the curved bulk of the mountain behind it.

Annie Proulx, “A Lonely Coast” from Close Range: Wyoming Stories

If you live out west, you’ve probably driven this stretch of road, maybe not this particular stretch in Wyoming, but perhaps one similar somewhere in Idaho or Colorado. In Central Oregon where I grew up, there’s a ten-mile down grade running from the shoulder of Grizzly Mountain into Prineville. When you crest that rise, the town lights seem so distant.

Annie Proulx is a favorite writer of mine. She creates complex characters and is a master at using landscape in her prose. Whether you’re reading The Shipping News or Brokeback Mountain you can be sure that the landscape will play an important role.

Another of my favs is Flannery O’Connor.  Let’s look at A Good Man is Hard to Find:

They turned onto the dirt road and the car raced roughly along in a swirl of pink dust. The grandmother recalled the times when there were no paved roads and thirty miles was a day's journey. The dirt road was hilly and there were sudden washes in it and sharp curves on dangerous embankments. All at once they would be on a hill, looking down over the blue tops of trees for miles around, then the next minute, they would be in a red depression with the dust-coated trees looking down on them.

Here O’Connor uses description of the landscape to foreshadow danger for the story’s characters.

In my own novel, I use the landscape not only to give the reader a sense of place, but also to define my protagonist, Sheriff Matthew Harkness:

The ride up the valley to the North Redmond Ranch was pretty enough in summer or winter, just too long on washboard roads for my taste. I kept the window down and hummed to myself as the countryside drifted by, sagebrush and juniper, up and over the hill out of town, then along wheat and alfalfa fields, faded to brown by August, and up the Paulina Valley. I could buy a few acres up here. Good land, plenty of water, cheap, and undiscovered… so far.
                                                Michael Bigham, Harkness: A High Desert Mystery

Landscape in fiction enhances the reader’s experience and can play a role in character, plotting and creating tension.

You can find Harkness: A High Desert Mystery in both e-book format and in paperback on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Be sure to check out my blog at

I thank The Busy Mom's Daily for this guest blog opportunity.

Raised in the mill town of Prineville in Central Oregon beneath blue skies and rimrocks, Michael Bigham attended the University of Oregon and during his collegiate summers, fought range fires on the Oregon high desert for the Bureau of Land Management. He worked as a police officer with the Port of Portland and after leaving police work, obtained an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Vermont College. Michael lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter. Harkness is his first novel.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Diary of a Busy Mom: Vacation

As a busy mom, there’s so much to do to get ready to leave on vacation:

·         Pick up the tickets from AAA
·         Hold the mail
·         Hold the paper
·         Arrange pet sitters
·         Clean the house (so I don’t have a mess when we return home)
·         Make sure we have enough good clothes for the trip (the kids seem to grow out of half of their things before we leave)
·         Pack
·         Help the girls pack
·         Confirm reservations before we leave
·         Confirm coverage for my clients while we’re away
·         Grocery shop so the pet sitters have what they need

    Pretty much, I’m exhausted before boarding the plane. Thankfully, when we finally go away, we’re at least going somewhere where we’ll be too busy for me to work. I rarely even read when we’re in Florida.

    The other nice thing about going to Disney is that I don’t have to plan meals. When we go to the Outer Banks, I’m usually cooking two meals a day. With Disney, I simply make dining reservations ahead of time for all our meals.

    Once we return, I’ll have six days of laundry for four people to wash and then have to go grocery shopping again, but at least once I set foot on the plane, I’m truly on vacation.

    What’s your favorite vacation spot? Is there somewhere you would love to go that you haven’t been to yet?

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Wordless Wednesday

    Interview with Susan Maiava, Author of Fat Chance! The no-going-back Weight Loss Workbook

    Welcome, Susan. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

    Hi Cheryl,

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to introduce Fat Chance! The no-going-back Weight Loss Workbook to your readers. A bit about myself? Well I have had an interesting range of life experiences from being an overseas volunteer (like a Peace Corp volunteer) to being a university lecturer, from being a mother to being an author and business owner.

    But my chief qualification here is that I was significantly overweight for many years, so I can identify with anyone who is overweight and wants desperately to lose weight. I was tired of the debilitating effect it had on my life and when I looked into the future I didn’t want to be like that for the rest of my life. I couldn’t keep up with my children. It was hugely embarrassing to tell the shop assistant that the XXL was too small. So I gave up shopping for clothes.

    Physically I snored, I got headaches and heartburn, my skin chaffed and I was borderline pre-diabetic (all those are gone now). It was hugely embarrassing to walk at normal speed with friends, trying desperately to hide my puffing. So I dropped out of activities (or was not included). I was an observer rather than a participant and I desperately wanted to participate in life.

    But for me personally one of the biggest issues was that I had a lot to contribute but was not taken seriously. I was undervalued and overlooked in my professional career. Despite my size I was invisible. I wanted to be taken seriously – that was a key motivation for me.

    What made you decide to write Fat Chance! The Weight Loss Workbook?

    When I was losing weight I was always looking for good advice but I never found what I was looking for on the bookshelves. There were certainly inspiring personal stories of weight loss. There were prescriptive books full of diet plans written by professionals who had never been overweight (many of these did contain good technical advice which, incidentally, overweight people already know). And there were a range of ‘wacky’ restrictive pseudo-science options.

    But most focused on dieting or sticking to diets and there was nothing (in my view) that combined a comprehensive approach to changing your lifestyle, including dealing with emotional hunger, changing your thinking, habits and behaviors, eating better, working with your body and getting active, with a personal, reflective, interactive workbook format.

    So after I had lost weight I decided to research and write it myself. I had written a book before and I know how to research so I decided to fill what I believe is an enormous gap in the market. So when I wrote Fat Chance! I combined the best current research with my insider knowledge of what it was like to be overweight and how overweight people think. That combination is key.

    How is it different from other weight loss books on the market?

    The Fat Chance! slogan sums it up in a nutshell: “Forget about how fat people diet. Focus on how slim people eat.” The key point of difference is Fat Chance! is absolutely definitely not a diet. Instead it facilitates a lifestyle change focused on learning to think and eat like a slim person, forever.

    The greatest misconception people have about losing weight is that you lose weight by dieting for a certain time (and then going back to your old behavior). One of my first insights was the realization that if you eat the amount of food needed to maintain your goal slim weight every day, you would, over time, reach and maintain that weight, just as slim people do, keeping the weight off forever.

    With Fat Chance! you learn to eat for your slim weight from Day 1. The new skills and strategies you adopt to do this are yours for the rest of your life. I think that is the key difference and is why this is not a diet. The end goal is to live differently. The weight-loss will happen as a result of changing your lifestyle.

    The second major point of difference is the engaging, interactive workbook format. Research has shown that food journaling alone is a very effective weight loss tool but it is more than that. The question and answer format enables the reader to slow down, become much more self-aware, reflect deeply and draw out of themselves and make the changes they need to make at a very personal and individual level.

    How easy is your book to use and understand for someone who hasn’t tried anything other than traditional diet plans?

    I agree that it seems strange to not think you are supposed to be dieting. After all we have always been taught that is how you lose weight. But think instead of how slim people naturally maintain their slim weight.

    Fat Chance! is extremely easy to use as you work through it just one day at a time. The journal style has several advantages. It provides a very safe environment in which to deal with weight issues, especially emotional issues; a sort of “dear diary.” Many people have written to me describing it as their new best friend. The workbook itself becomes the encourager, the friend who walks beside the reader on their journey each day.

    Fat Chance! is well designed and organized so everything is covered. Each day of the week has a different theme: The six themes are: Thinking like a slim person, Working with your body, Establishing new habits, Dealing with emotional hunger, Getting active, Enjoying a healthy balanced diet and Day 7 is a Debrief and reflection. Groups can come together on Day 7. So each day is interesting and new but the full picture layers and builds week on week.

    How much time does it take to implement the plan in your book?

    Fat Chance! The Weight Loss Workbook is a colorful and stylish but very practical, interactive workbook which engages the reader every day. It can take as little as 15 minutes or up to 45 minutes a day, depending on the reader. Many prefer to delve into it both morning (to plan) and evening (to reflect).

    The program is 12 weeks long, but because it is life-changing, in this sense it never ends. There is no going back to old ways. I don’t mean that you have to diet forever (a terrible thought). Instead you reach a healthy new equilibrium; a new lifestyle where you think and eat like a slim person forever.

    It is important the workbook journey is undertaken one day at a time. It does take time to identify the changes that have to come from within and discipline to slowly and deeply embed those changes. The discipline is not in resisting food (we know that doesn’t work) but rather the discipline is in changing your thoughts and habits. And that is where Fat Chance! walks with you as you journal your progress.

    What is one piece of advice you would give to someone considering a lifestyle change?

    Completely abandon the idea of dieting, and completely embrace the idea that you are going to change your lifestyle and there will be no going back to your old behavior. If you are not prepared to change, don’t do it!

    But also know that it is absolutely possible, and Fat Chance! will be there right there beside you, showing you the way. Ask yourself (Fat Chance! asks you a lot of questions): Do I want to live differently or do I want to be fat? It really is that simple.

    Where can readers purchase Fat Chance! The Weight-loss Workbook?

    Readers can purchase a hardcopy of the Fat Chance! Weight Loss Workbook from Amazon or Links to the specific buying pages are found at (note it is also called “Fat Chance! Forget how fat people diet, Focus on how slim people eat” – I like that!).

    Recently I have created an interactive Online web-based version of Fat Chance! which is available globally from

    Do you have anything else to add?

    I’m absolutely delighted with the response Fat Chance! has been getting. As well as individuals it is being used by groups of friends (meeting on Day 7) and health professionals working with overweight clients. Apart from the fact it really works, people love the design, colors and the layout of the book which is really stylish and fun as well as practical.

    I’d love your readers to read the success stories of people who have used Fat Chance! lost weight and changed their lives at Some of the stories and photos are just amazing and are why I know Fat Chance! works.

    Your readers can also read and download the Introduction from and everything and anything else they want to know is there as well.

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    Book Spotlight and Kindle Fire HD Giveaway: Cassie Scot ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden

    Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

    Purchase at: Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Also available for Kindle.

    Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

    At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

    In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

    Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

    Her latest book is Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective.

    Pump Up Your Book and Christine Amsden are teaming up to give you a chance to win a new Kindle Fire HD!

    Here’s how it works:

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    This promotion will run from May 13 – August 16. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on August 17, 2013.

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    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Book Spotlight: When the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti

    Becky rocks a baby that rocked her world. Sixty years earlier, with her fiancé Drew in the middle of the Korean Conflict, Ivy throws herself into her work at a nursing home to keep her sanity and provide for the child Drew doesn’t know is coming. Ivy cares for Anna, an elderly patient who taxes Ivy’s listening ear until the day she suspects Anna’s tall tales are not just idle ramblings. They’re Anna’s disjointed memories of a remarkable life.

    Finding a faint thread of hope she can’t resist tugging, Ivy records Anna’s memoir, scribbling furiously after hours to keep up with the woman’s emotion-packed, grace-hemmed stories. Is Ivy’s answer buried in Anna’s past? And what connects them to Becky?

    Becky, Ivy, Anna—three women fight a tangled vine of deception in search of the blossoming simplicity of truth.

    Purchase your copy:

    Cynthia Ruchti is an author and speaker who tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her
    novels, nonfiction, women’s events, and outlets related to the Heartbeat of the Home radio broadcast she wrote and produced for thirty-three years. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five joy-giving grandchildren.

    Her latest book is the Christian fiction, When the Morning Glory Blooms.

    You can learn more about Cynthia and her writing and speaking at

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    Tour Schedule

    Monday, May 6 – Book Spotlight at Cheryl’s Christian Connection
    Monday, May 6 – First Chapter Reveal at The Writer’s Life
    Tuesday, May 7 – Interview at You Gotta Read Reviews
    Wednesday, May 8 – Interview at Examiner
    Thursday, May 9 – Character Guest Post at Literarily Speaking
    Friday, May 10 – Book Spotlight at My Cozie Corner
    Friday, May 10 – First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn
    Saturday, May 11 – Book Review at A Peek at My Bookshelf
    Sunday, May 12 – Guest Blogging at My Devotional Thoughts
    Monday, May 13 – Book Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
    Tuesday, May 14 – Book Spotlight at The Busy Mom’s Daily
    Tuesday, May 14 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind The Book
    Wednesday, May 15 – Book Review at Melina’s Book Blog
    Wednesday, May 15 – First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
    Thursday, May 16 – Interview at The Writer’s Life
    Friday, May 17 – Interview at Blogcritics
    Friday, May 17 – Book Spotlight at The Book Connection
    Saturday, May 18 – Book Review at My Devotional Thoughts
    Monday, May 20 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads
    Tuesday, May 21 – Book Review at A Year of Jubilee Reviews
    Wednesday, May 22 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
    Thursday, May 23 – Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at 4 the Love of Books
    Thursday, May 23 – First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter
    Friday, May 24 – Book Spotlight at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem
    Friday, May 24 – First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Books
    Sunday, May 26 – Book Spotlight at Authors & Readers Book Corner
    Monday, May 27 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at Create With Joy
    Tuesday, May 28 – Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
    Thursday, May 30 – Book Review & Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
    Thursday, May 30 – Book Review at Lighthouse Academy
    Friday, May 31 - Book Review at Thoughts From Mill Street

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    Giveaway Winners!

    Congratulations goes out to Margo D. and Melanie S. who won prizes in two of our recent giveaways.

    Margo won a softcover version of Bella Saves the Beach by award-winning children's author Nancy Stewart. Melanie's name was drawn for the $25 CafePress gift certificate.

    Thanks to all who entered. Check out our sidebar for more exciting giveaways.

    Scoring the Best Deal Ever! by Duffy Brown, Author of Killer in Crinolines (Giveaway)

    Consignment shopping is the fun of wearing designer clothes on the cheap. I could never afford a Coach handbag or an Armani jacket but I do love the expensive look and great quality. Most of all I love bragging to my friends how much I paid! The conversation goes something like, “Oh, isn’t that a great Kate Spade purse.” And my reply is, “I got it at the Snooty Fox for forty bucks!” instead of the usual three-hundred and fifty!

    For years I shopped consignment stores then decided I needed to work at the Snoot since I was there all the time looking for deals. My kids were some of the best-dressed on campus and I did it for K-Mart prices.

    Don’t you love the name Snooty Fox! The Snoot is an upscale consignment shop. How many times have you bought something, wore it once, decided it wasn’t your color or didn’t fit the way you liked and you were stuck with it? Well, that’s where the Snooty Fox comes in. You can sell your green plaid jacket that you just had to have but then decided you hated at the Snoot. There is a customer out there who will love that jacket and pay you good money for it.

    How this works is that you open an account and hand over your clothes. The Snoot chooses which clothes they will take. The clothes must be cleaned, pressed, on a hanger, gently worn, in very good condition, and within a two-year style period. The price is a third to a fourth of retail and you get half of that when the item sells. Not a bad deal for something hanging in the back of your closet!

    Consignment shopping is a lot like solving a mystery. It’s all about the hunt for the perfect scarf, skirt or shoes. I think that’s why mystery and the Consignment Murder series seemed like a perfect fit. The hunt is on!

    I’ve gotten other good deals but for consistent, over-the-moon bargains, consignment shopping is it

    But what about you? What stores do you shop for deals? Is there one deal that was your all-time best score that you still have bragging rights on?

    I’ll give away two Killer in Crinolines totes from the answers. After all, free is the best score ever, right!

    When Reagan Summerside is asked to make an emergency bowtie delivery to Magnolia Plantation for a wedding, she finds the groom face-down in five-tiers of icing and fondant, a cake knife in his back and her good friend and local UPS driver accused of the murder. Can Reagan find the real killer without winding up in the local swamp as alligator meat? Will Walker Boone, pain-in-the ass attorney and once-upon-a-time gang member, help her out or feed her to the alligators himself?

    About Duffy: While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, I longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. I now have two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, and conjure up who-done-it stories of my very own for Berkley Prime Crime.

    Visit me online at and friend me on Facebook at

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    Friday, May 10, 2013

    Guest Blogger: Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue, Author of After the Ending (Giveaway)

    The Virus spread. Billions died. The Ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the Virus changed us.

    When people started getting sick, “they” thought it was just the flu. My roommate, my boyfriend, my family…they’re all gone now. I got sick too. I should have died with them—with the rest of the world—but I didn’t. I thought witnessing the human population almost disappear off the face of the earth was the craziest thing I’d ever experience. I was so wrong. My name is Dani O’Connor, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

    The Virus changed everything. The world I knew is gone, and life is backwards. We’ve all had to start over. I’ve been stripped of my home, my dreams…all that is me. I’m someone else now—broken and changed. Other survivors’ memories and emotions haunt me. They invade my mind until I can no longer separate them from my own. I won’t let them consume me. I can’t. My name is Zoe Cartwright, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I survived The Ending.

    We’ve been inseparable for most of our lives, and now our friendship is all we have left. The aftermath of the Virus has stranded us on opposite sides of the United States. Trusting strangers, making sacrifices, killing—we’ll do anything to reach one another. Fear and pain may be unavoidable, but we’re strong…we’re survivors. But to continue surviving in this unfamil-iar world plagued by Crazies and strange new abilities, we have to adapt. We have to evolve.

    And more than anything, we have to find each other.

    Purchase at Amazon!

    “I’m lost in thought…brb” – Realizing that I’m “one of those creative types” and learning how to embrace it.

    by Lindsey Pogue

    Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh, he’s flakey, but it’s because he’s one of those artistic types”? I used to despise that saying because to me blaming anything on being the “artisitc type” is a cop out. Well, that’s until I realized I’m one of those. I’m generally always on time and never flake on commitments I’ve made, but I definitely have a different way of thinking and processing information that some people find irritating. It’s taken me a very long time to understand that there’s nothing wrong with me, I’m just different and I’m learning how to embrace it.

    That pesky “Mind Chatter” thing.
    Do you ever pull out of your driveway and fifteen minutes later you’re at work and don’t really remember the process of driving there? Are you ever in the middle of a conversation with someone and their answering a question you asked them, but you got distracted listening to your mind chatter and you didn’t hear a single word they said? Those types of things happen to me all the time and no matter how much I try to control my mind…it wanders.

    As I’ve begun to listen to myself a bit more, I discovered what some of my creative quirks are and how to not only identify them but how to enhance them or use them to my advantage. I thought I’d share some of my insight with you...

    Realization 1: I’m not nosey…I prefer to call it ‘observation for inspiration’.

    My boyfriend says I’m nosey. In fact, he’s almost convinced me I have a problem a time or two…but I’ve learned that it’s nothing like that. I’m researching, you see? There’s a reason I have two shelves of my bookcase designated for my notebooks. I see something that inspires an idea—remember a crazy dream I had, witness a couple arguing, see a contented gleam in someone’s eye or goofy smile on someone’s face—I write it down for a rainy day.

    “Pee (that’s what my boyfriend calls me), stop staring,” he says.
    I shake my head and roll my eyes, knowing he’ll never understand.
    “Every time you roll your eyes an angel loses its wings,” he says with a smirk.
    I laugh at this because he’s been saying that same thing to me for over seven years, and I wonder how many angels I’ve left to aimlessly wander the earth. “I’m not staring,” I retort, pulling my notebook out quickly to jot down all my ideas before I forget them all completely.

    I learned long ago that I can’t remember what I made for dinner two nights ago, let alone the dozens of ideas that sprout in my mind every single day that I think might be a good story premise or scene in a story I’m currently writing. I‘m not one of those people who has an endless plethora of ideas in their head just waiting to be plucked and expanded upon. No, I need inspiration...something to get my creative juices flowing, and recalling ideas in my notebooks helps me when I’m in dire straits.

    Note to self: Write in complete sentences when you’re jotting down notes because you always say you’ll remember what you mean later, but you NEVER do.

    Realization 2: I have Blinking Cursor Syndrome (BCS).

    It’s one of the few designated writing days I get during the week, and I’m sitting out in the backyard, in the sunshine listening to the waterfall and staring at my computer screen as I plot and scheme what comes next in my Into The Fire chapters. I’ve been on a roll, my mind churning out one “brilliant” idea after another for days, and I finally have the time to sit down and write it all out. That is until BCS kicks in. Minutes go by before I even realize I’m just staring at the blinking cursor, hypnotized while the overabundance of thoughts turns into a congested clusterf*#k. I’ve been waiting all week for my writing time and then my mind fails me. Fantastic.

    Note to self: When you’re lying in bed in the middle of night and you have a bunch of ideas clogging your dream pipes and you can’t get to sleep…stop doing a half-ass job of writing them down in the dark and get up and start writing. Who cares if you have to wake up for work in three hours? You’ll kick yourself if you don’t.

    Realization 3: I need to step away from the edge.

    As much as I’d like to, I can’t force my brain to do what I want it to—not to stop thinking, not to go to sleep, not to work when I want it to, not to remember anything I want it to…nothing. When all else fails me, getting out of my comfy office chair and getting out of the house is the only way to alleviate the mental blockage that makes me want to scream. As Morpheus would say, “Free your mind.”

    I've always loved nature. It’s what keeps me grounded and sane no matter which one of life’s rollercoasters I find myself on. Whether it’s hiking with my man through the rolling foothills in the valley, going on road trips through the redwoods, or lying on the giant trampoline looking up at the swaying oak trees, being in nature does something magical to my brain. It soothes and distracts me. I love the smell of red dirt, dry oak leaves, and sunshine. Yes, I believe sunshine has a scent, especially when you combine the three things. Being in nature is both rejuvenating and enlightening, and it’s when I’m lost in its beauty and tranquility that I become inspired—when life’s answers come to me and I feel clarity within myself and in my writing.

    Note to self: Nature is your muse…be out in Mother Nature more often, write, and be inspired!

    As a result of my distracted nature, my frenzied thought process, the characteristics I’m learning about myself, and the tangents I always seem to find myself getting lost within, I’ve discovered one last thing…GET IT OUT. That’s why I started my blog “I’m Lost in Thought…brb”. It’s a place I can write, vent, get my inspirations down even if I’ll never put them in a story.. My blog is random, like I tend to be, but that’s the fun of it. I can write about whatever I want and it doesn’t have to fit within a certain character’s personality or a fit within a story arch…it just is because the feeling of inspiration keeps me confident and real and thoughtful. Who doesn’t want to be thoughtful? Although I often get frustrated with myself and how my mind works, I’m learning how to curb my quirky habits one by one by embracing and harnessing them to help me become a better writer. I just hope it’s working.

    Lindsey Fairleigh lives her life with one foot in a book—as long as that book transports her to a magical world or bends the rules of science. Her novels, from post-apocalyptic to time travel and historical fantasy, always offer up a hearty dose of unreality, along with plenty of adventure and romance. When she’s not working on her next novel, Lindsey spends her time reading and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She lives in the Napa Valley with her loving husband and confused cats. You can visit Lindsey’s blog at

    Lindsey Pogue has always been a little creative. As a child she established a bug hospital on her elementary school soccer field, compiled books of collages as a teenager, and as an adult, expresses herself through writing. Her novels are inspired by her observations of the world around her—whether she’s traveling, people watching, or hiking. When not plotting her next storyline or dreaming up new, brooding characters, Lindsey’s wrapped in blankets watching her favorite action flicks or going on road trips with her own leading man. You can visit Lindsey’s blog at

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    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Thursday Books: Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber

    Thursday, 8: 00 a.m.
    Mocha Moments, Breakfast Club!

    Every week, these words appear in the calendars of four women. Every week, they meet for breakfast—and to talk, to share the truths they've discovered about their lives. To tell their stories. To offer each other encouragement and unfailing support.

    Clare has just been through a devastating and unexpected divorce. She's driven by anger and revenge—until she learns something about her ex-husband that forces her to question her own actions. Forces her to look deep inside for the forgiveness she's rejected…and the person she used to be.

    Elizabeth is a widow, in her late fifties, a successful professional. A woman who's determined not to waste another second of her life. And if that life should include romantic possibilities—well, why not?

    Karen is in her twenties, and she believes these should be the years for taking risks, reaching for your dreams. Her dream is to be an actor. Except that her parents think she should be more like her sister, the very conventional Victoria!

    Julia is turning forty this year. Her husband's career is established, her kids are finally in their teens and she's just started her own business. Everything's going according to schedule—until she discovers she's pregnant. That's not part of the plan.

    Paperback: 352 pages
    Publisher: Mira; Original edition (June 29, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0778328406
    ISBN-13: 978-0778328407

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    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    Guest Blogger: Robert Henry, Author of Age Re-defined: Take Control of Your Health, How You Feel, And How You Look - Even In Your Forties & Fifties

    Your state of health, how you feel, and how you look are more within your control than you think – even in your forties and fifties (and beyond). This book addresses exercise, fitness, nutrition, wellness, and the mind-body connection. Its purpose is not to promote a particular exercise program or a particular diet plan – although its coverage of exercise, fitness, and nutrition is extensive – but rather to inform, educate, and motivate the reader on the importance of being proactive in one’s own health, fitness, and wellness.

    Even if you are already physically active, this book can assist you in evaluating the effectiveness of your current exercise efforts. A foundational background in exercise and fitness concepts is provided. Not only does this book cite to numerous authoritative sources, but it also conveys the author’s own philosophy of exercise and an informative overview of his own exercise and nutrition regimen. The author, who is 56, shares his own motivating journey and the positive results he achieved through exercise, nutrition, and the mind-body connection, with particular emphasis on the challenges faced by him in his early fifties and the favorable results he achieved at that age by “re-booting” his commitment to health and fitness.

    The importance of nutrition is explained and heavily stressed. A Registered Dietician with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition is a contributor to the nutrition content. One comes away with an awareness of quality nutrition and its role in optimal health, fitness, and wellness, and with a good working knowledge of the kinds of foods and eating habits which are most beneficial.

    As stated in the book’s Introduction: This book is about believing in yourself, maintaining inner strength, and understanding exercise, fitness, nutrition, and wellness. This book is also about getting younger instead of getting older, discovering your inner athlete, and becoming and remaining healthy and fit in both body and mind. This book is for people who have never exercised but who would like to start; for people who would like to know more about good nutrition; for people who exercise but have not seen results; for people whose fitness level has declined and who want to re-ignite their fitness quest; for people who choose to be proactive about their own health, fitness, and wellness; for people interested in the mind-body connection; and for people who reject negative self-talk and self-limiting stereotypes about life after the age of 50. All ages are welcome.

    In the video below, the author provides some basic exercises you can do at home. I've performed some of these in my workout routine, but a couple were new to me. How do you fit exercise into your busy schedule?

    You can purchase Age Re-defined at 

    Robert Henry, age 56, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, and a Certified Wellness Coach. His awareness of fitness and nutrition began at the age of 29. When Robert first started to exercise, it was mostly for the purpose of increasing body weight through the addition of lean muscle mass. However, more than 20 years later, at the age of 52, after years of being lean and enjoying good health, Robert’s experienced an undesired increase in body fat and his health profile changed in the wrong direction The loss of that body fat and the reversal of new and undesirable trends in his health profile became Robert’s new exercise goals. By re-booting his exercise regimen and further “tweaking” his nutrition, he successfully accomplished his new goals and, as he likes to say, discovered his “inner athlete”.

    Although he had worked out for more than two decades, the journey he experienced in his early fifties ignited something within Robert and he voraciously sought to increase his knowledge and his credentials. It was then that he earned his numerous certifications and set about to share his passion for health and fitness with others.

    Robert’s background extends beyond fitness. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University and worked for many years as an attorney. He also discovered a love of aviation early in his life and, while still a teenager, became a Commercial Pilot and a Certified Flight Instructor. After law school, he went on to become an Airline Transport Pilot and eventually earned three jet ratings. Now in his fifties, he values his health, fitness, and wellness very highly, and seeks to inform and inspire others.

    Visit his website at

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