Book Review-Stretch Your Stress Away with ShaNay

Book review of Stretch Your Stress Away with ShaNay by ShaNay Norvell.

This was a book I didn’t know I needed in my life right now and I have gone back to it every day since reading it.

Thanks to Suzy Approved Book Tours for having me on tour!

 

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About the Book:

Release Date: December 19, 2019

Stress is held deep in the fibers of your muscles. It can make you feel tense, restrict your range of motion, and hamper your day to day movement. In this easy to follow guide, celebrity trainer ShaNay Norvell teaches how to move your body in ways that will release tension, lengthen your muscles, relax and energize you. You will learn stretches you can do anytime anywhere to stretch your stress away.

 

Miss W’s Review:

5 empowering stars!!

Stretch Your Stress Away with ShayNay is a book that I found to be well written and a wonderful source of information for not only different types of stretches, but also how to perform them correctly.

The author identifies why we need to stretch and what the benefits of stretching are. Particularly I was drawn to one of the benefits of stretching the stress away that was described as “You will gain more clarity and notice an increase in mental stimulation”.

In addition to producing happy hormones and better sleep if you can stretch in the evening, I was all IN!!!

The stretches described were detailed and I appreciate that the author included pictures of the stretches.

I tried many of these stretches and during this uncertain time of COVID-19, they have brought me an increased peace and relaxation not only to my body but to my mind.

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone looking to improve their physical and mental well being.

About the Author:

ShaNay Norvell is a highly sought out Certified Fitness Expert & Life Coach. She is certified and trained in the Aqua Aerobics, Pilates Method, Kickboxing, Kemetic Yoga, Spin, PNF Stretch, Thai Yoga Massage Therapy, Reiki Healing, Cardio Dance and a Nike Trainer. ShaNay was the runner up champion on NBC’s American Gladiators, was a professional dancer on the WNBA Atlanta Dream cheer dance team, has made it to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, and can help you live a healthy, happy, and high energy life. http://www.shanaynorvell.com/

Pick up your copy of Stretch Your Stress Away here !

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

Book Review- Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

I am beyond THRILLED to bring you my review of Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev.

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About the Book:

Publication Date: 5/26/2020

William Morrow

From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes another , clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition—this time, with a twist on Persuasion.

Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her beloved restaurant and prove to her estranged, overachieving mother that she isn’t a complete screw up? When she’s asked to join the cast of Cooking with the Stars, the latest hit reality show teaming chefs with celebrities, it seems like just the leap of faith she needs to put her restaurant back on the map. She’s a chef, what’s the worst that could happen?

Rico Silva, that’s what.

Being paired with a celebrity who was her first love, the man who ghosted her at the worst possible time in her life, only proves what Ashna has always believed: leaps of faith are a recipe for disaster.

FIFA winning soccer star Rico Silva isn’t too happy to be paired up with Ashna either. Losing Ashna years ago almost destroyed him. The only silver lining to this bizarre situation is that he can finally prove to Ashna that he’s definitely over her.

But when their catastrophic first meeting goes viral, social media becomes obsessed with their chemistry. The competition on the show is fierce…and so is the simmering desire between Ashna and Rico.  Every minute they spend together rekindles feelings that pull them toward their disastrous past. Will letting go again be another recipe for heartbreak—or a recipe for persuasion…?

In Recipe for Persuasion, Sonali Dev once again takes readers on an unforgettable adventure in this fresh, fun, and enchanting romantic comedy.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Fantastic Stars!

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev is an expertly told retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion that is at its core a story about love, romantic and familial.

Second Chance romance, yes! Jane Austen retelling, yes! Second book in the Rajes sage , yes!
I was super excited for the plot that takes place on a reality cooking show.

The descriptive writing is mesmerizing. The relationship between Ashna and Rico is swoon-worthy with the perfect amount of chemistry , even after 10 years. The emotional trauma and heavy topics addressed in the book are handled expertly with respect.

This is a multi-layered, complex story about second chances. Romantic second chances and second chances within families. not just romantically, but within families as well.

The story is told in alternating perspectives of Ashna and Rico and also Ashna’s mother Shobi.

I fell in complete, total and utter love with the Raje family when I read Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors.

This story tells one of loss and redemption, not only between the Ashna and Rico but also between Ashna and her mother Shobi.

I love the angst that is portrayed only the way this author can. The family dynamics in the Raje family are complex and complicated.

This is a very well written story brimming with diversity and modern references that made me fell in love with Austen’s Persuasion all over again.

Dynamic, elegant prose and flawless character building make Recipe for Persuasion a book you will not want to put down.

Highly recommend !

About the Author:

Award winning author, Sonali Dev, writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after.

Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post and Kirkus Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance, the RT Seal of Excellence, and is a RITA Finalist.

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog. Find out more at sonalidev.com.

Pre-Order your copy of Recipe for Persuasion HERE!

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Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Vampire Book Club by Nancy Warren

I always get excited when one of my favorite authors comes out with a new series!

Today on the blog I am reviewing The Vampire Book Club by Nancy Warren.

This is the first book in a brand new series and releases on 5/6/2020!!!

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About the Book:

I was a divorced, middle-aged witch banished to Ireland.
My life could be summed up in a limerick…

There once was a misguided witch
Who tried a man’s fate to switch
Her punishment set
To Ireland she must get
But better than feathers and pitch!

With a name like Quinn Calahan I sounded as Irish as a leprechaun dancing a jig on a four leafed clover, but the truth was, I’d never been closer to the emerald isle than drinking green beer at the St Patrick’s day street party in Boston until I messed up so badly I had to leave the US. I was offered a job in a tiny village in Ireland that no one’s ever heard of. And I think that was the point in sending me there. How much trouble could a divorced, middle-aged witch get into in a village that boasted very few residents, one crumbling castle that attracted no tourists, and a post office that was only open Mondays and Thursdays?

You’d be surprised.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Fabulous stars!!!!

The Vampire Book Club is the first book in a brand new series by Nancy Warren.
I absolutely love the Vampire Knitting Club by this author and I was thrilled to
see a new series. I really love this book, especially that the main character is older.

The story is set in a tiny village in Ireland. The setting was described so detailed I felt as if I was there.

 
The characters were quirky, flawed and well developed.

The mystery is multi-layered, not only the murder itself but the mystery of how the main character was banished to this small town in Ireland for breaking the witchy rules.

I really enjoyed this book and loved reading a few familiar characters from the Vampire Knitting Club.

This is a series not to miss!!!!

Pick up your copy HERE!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

Book Review- The First Emma by Camille Di Maio

I am excited to bring you my book review of The First Emma by Camille Di Maio on book blogger tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours. This book is based on a true story and I am thrilled to share my thoughts with you.

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About The Book: 

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

Camille Di Maio’s fifth novel THE FIRST EMMA is the true story of Emma Koehler, whose tycoon husband Otto was killed in a crime-of-the-century murder by one of his two mistresses—both also named Emma—and her unlikely rise as CEO of a brewing empire during Prohibition. When a chance to tell her story to a young teetotaler arises, a tale unfolds of love, war, beer, and the power of women.

Miss W’s Review:

5 incredible stars! 

I am a huge fan of Camille Di Maio having read The Way of Beauty and The Beautiful Strangers.

I was really excited to read The First Emma and boy was I blown away.

This novel is based on true events, which I found fascinating.

The First Emma is an extremely well written story of Emma Koelher. Emma Koehler is the widow of Otto Koehler who had owned a Brewing company in the early 1920’s.

Emma has not lived an easy life and her late husband has extramarital affairs with two other women named Emma who were immigrants from Germany. After enduring a car accident the other two Emma’s came to care for the “First Emma”, one of whom possibly killed Otto.

About 20 years later , The First Emma hires an assistant to tell her story, and that is when we meet Mabel.

I was ABSOLUTELY captivated by this story. The research the author did is authentic and quite impressive.

I very much enjoyed the alternating timelines between the 1920’s and 1943 when Mable was helping Emma write the book about her life.

Emma is fiercely independent and does not care so much about the affairs as she does about keeping power in the brewing company.

The First Emma is a fast paced historical fiction story that will leave you on the edge of your seat. I fell in love with Emma and her fierceness and determination.

This book is a MUST READ ! I wish I could give this more than 5 stars!

About the Author:

 Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of twenty-one years, she enjoys raising their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending, and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She’s lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai’i to feel like a local. She’s traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college, but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmers markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries) and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There’s almost nothing she wouldn’t try, so long as it doesn’t involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal.

https://www.camilledimaio.com/

Her books include: 

THE MEMORY OF US – Amazon bestseller, finalist for the Holt Medallion Award for Literary Excellence.

BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS – Holt Medallion finalist, GDRWA finalist

THE WAY OF BEAUTY – Amazon bestseller in the UK and Australia

THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS- Pulpwood Queens Book Club Pick, Once Upon a Book Club Pick

Pre-order your copy of The First Emma HERE!

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Night Before by Wendy Walker

I am THRILLED to bring you my review of The Night Before by Wendy Walker on book blogger tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours !

Look at this COVER!!!

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About the Book:

A Today Show and New York Post Summer Reads Selection!

First dates can be murder.

“Ferociously smart.” —AJ Finn
“Riveting.” —Riley Sager
“Addictive.” —Liv Constantine
“Wonderfully tense.” —Aimee Molloy
“Irresistible.” —Mary Kubica
“Impossible to put down.” —Megan Miranda

Riveting and compulsive, national bestselling author Wendy Walker’s The Night Before “takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go” as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.

Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love. She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up. Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.

Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister. Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.

When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him…

Miss W’s Book Review:

5 THRILLING Stars!!!! 

The Night Before by Wendy Walker is an incredible novel of suspense that I could not put down.

Laura Lochner was left completely devastated and emotionally drained after her last relationship. In order to move forward she decides to move back to Connecticut to live with her sister Rosie and her family.

Laura goes out one night to meet a man she met on a dating site. When she doesn’t come back, Rosie and her husband try to find out what really happened to her and start unraveling the clues to what happened to her sister “The Night Before”.

The author creates a well developed story that is perfectly paced.

The characters are strong, complicated and believable.

Not only is this a suspenseful read, but the family dynamics are well developed an an integral part of the story line. There were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.

The story is told between alternating timelines of past and present and from the different characters point of view. I particularly enjoyed this as a way to get into each characters head.

The plot twists keep coming at you until its shocking end!

Highly recommend this excellent psychological thriller.

About the Author:

Wendy Walker is the national bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten, Emma In The Night and The Night Before. She has sold rights to her books in twenty-three languages as well as film and television options. Prior to her writing career, Wendy practiced both corporate and family law, having earned her J. D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. Wendy also worked as a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Wendy is currently finishing her fourth thriller and managing a busy household in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she lives with her three sons. https://www.wendywalkerbooks.com/

Grab your copy HERE  and get ready for a wild ride!!!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

 

Book Review- Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

Today I am thrilled to bring you my review of Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson.

I was highly anticipating this book for SO long, and I was not disappointed!

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About the Book:

Publication Date: 5/19/2020

Berkley Publishing Group

When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop.

Jesse Strong is known for two things: his devotion to his adoptive mom, Mama Joy, and his reputation for breaking hearts. When Mama Joy unexpectedly passes away, he and his brothers have different plans for what to do with Strong Knits, their neighborhood knitting store. Jesse wants to keep the store open. His brothers want to tie off loose ends and close shop….

Part-time shop employee Kerry Fuller has kept her crush on Jesse a secret. When she overhears his impassioned plea to his brothers to keep the knitting shop open, she volunteers to help. Unlike Jesse, Kerry knows the “knitty-gritty” of the business, and together they make plans to reinvent Strong Knits for a new generation.

But the more time they spend together, the stronger the chemistry builds between them. Kerry, knowing Jesse’s history, doesn’t believe their relationship can last longer than she can knit one, purl two. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her forever and always. After all, real men knit.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!!!!!! 

Real Men Knit is a MUST READ!!!!! The author once again blows me away with her writing of family dynamics and closely woven (pun intended LOL) communities.

Friends to Lovers Trope, YES please!

The story revolves around a shop in Harlem, perfectly named Strong Knits. The matriarch, Mama Joy had adopted four boys . Mama Joy has recently passed away leaving the future of the story in jeopardy.

The story is written from two alternating perspectives, one of which is Kerry, who has been a worker and staple in the store for a very long time. Kerry has had a thing for Jesse one of the brothers since forever. The other perspective is written from Jesse. I loved that I was able to read both of these characters.

The romance of Jesse and Kerry gave me ALL THE FEELS !!!!

Jesse and Kerry band together to try and save the store.

The characters were complex, complicated and well fleshed out. I loved reading about the strong brothers and their love for each other and Mama Joy.

The inclusion of social media as a marketing tool was fun, timely and relevant.

I was not only rooting for the family, the romance, but also the store.

This story is a well written emotional, funny romance that I highly recommend.

About the Author:

A USA Today bestselling author, native New Yorker, Kwana Jackson aka K.M. Jackson author spent her formative years on the ‘A’ train where she had two dreams: 1) to be a fashion designer and 2) to be a writer. After spending over ten years designing women’s sportswear for various fashion houses Kwana took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her other dream of being a writer.
A longtime advocate for equality and diversity in romance and #WeNeedDiverseRomace, Kwana is a mother of twins and currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband. When not writing she can be found on Twitter @kwanawrites, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KmJacksonAuthor/ and on her website at http://www.kmjackson.com

Pre-order Real Men Knit HERE  !

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

Super Charged Life Podcast with Dr. Judy Ho

I just listened to an incredible Podcast and I wanted to share it with all of you , thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours for sharing this fantastic podcast with me !

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Subscribe, download and listen to SuperCharged Life on Apple Podcast

A new episode drops every Tuesday!!!

Here is the link:

https://www.drjudyho.com/podcast-1

Sign up for Dr. Ho’s email list: https://www.drjudyho.com/connect

Miss W’s Review of Racism, Grief, Joy & Laughter In COVID19 with Margaret Cho & Nic Santos :

I absolutely LOVED this podcast. The theme of laughter and humor to help our mental and physical selves was one that really resonated with me. Dr. Judy talks about humor in therapy that’s called laughter therapy that can improve your quality of life and decrease your stress. I was captivated by the discussion about racism against the Asian American community amongst the COVID19 pandemic. It was shocking for me to hear there has been more than 1000 attacks against Asian Americans. Dr. Judy talks about how blame is a phenomenon of convenience and this xenophobia against Asian Americans is SO damaging.

I appreciated Margaret Cho & Nic Santos honesty and candidness about how they deal with not only being an Asian American but also a member of the LGBTQ community and that journey.

The tips that Dr. Judy talked about to allow humor to supercharge your life were fantastic.

I am REALLY excited to listen to this podcast every week!

Link to this week’s podcast:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/racism-grief-joy-laughter-in-covid19-margaret-cho-nico/id1501219826?i=1000470732434

From Dr Judy Ho:

This podcast is a passion project of mine and so important to me because I want to help provide accessible mental wellness tips that are research backed and easy to use for everyone. The goal of this podcast is to teach listeners to take control of their lives – in relationships, career, physical and mental health. I interview amazing guests each episode and provide scientific tips that can be implemented right away.

About Dr. Judy Ho: 

Dr Judy Ho is a Los Angeles based triple board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University. Her thought provoking insight and analysis of the human psychological condition has established her as a go-to television host, panelist and expert on numerous national broadcasts. She is the author of the best-selling book, “Stop Self-Sabotage,” a useful tool for anyone standing in their own way, who undermines their own interests and intentions and is looking for lasting change and meaningful success.

Dr. Judy will show you how to grab life with both hands and live it to the fullest.  Whether she’s helping to navigate life with her patients, swinging from a flying trapeze, singing her favorite Broadway songs or taking on a new adventure; Dr. Judy walks her talk and invites others along for the journey.

“SuperCharged Life with Dr. Judy” is where she will dive deeply and fearlessly into guests’ issues in love, sex, friendships, work-career, bad habits, addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety. Sometimes it’s painful to uncover what’s really holding them back, but with Dr. Judy’s help they can discover a new way to take on life, inspire love and create happiness and fulfillment. Each podcast will give a tangible tool they can do that will “SuperCharge” their lives!

ABOUT STAGE 29 PRODUCTIONS

Stage 29 Productions was founded by CEO and Executive Producers, Jay McGraw and Dr. Phil McGraw. They have found success in first-run syndication, scripted series, publishing and app development, including the perpetual #1 daytime talk show Dr. Phil, the Emmy® Award-winning the syndicated series The Doctors, and the successful telemedicine app Doctor On Demand.

I hope you will check out this podcast!!!!

Let me know what you think!!!

Wilfrieda