Ridiculously Happy By Carol Whitaker Book Review

I’ve been reading Ridiculously Happy! The Secret to Manifesting the Life & Body of Your Dreams by Carol Whitaker for the last few weeks, and it hit me at just the right time. The time when I needed it most. Carol talks quite a bit about positive self talk, and loving yourself. I was practicing that for the last few years, but I got off track this summer when we had two deaths in the family within 2 weeks. Since then I’ve been somewhat derailed in my positive thinking and in taking care of myself. I needed something to get me back on track, and this book was just the thing!

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A couple years ago I was struggling with my weight and my blood pressure. I didn’t take time for myself, and I was always down on myself. I ended up in the emergency room when my blood pressure spiked really high one night, and decided to make a change. I decided I needed to love myself and take care of myself first. I’ve stuck to that for the last couple years, but this summer it changed and I’ve had a difficult time getting my mojo back. Reading this book was just the thing to help me.

Ridiculously Happy! The Secret to Manifesting the Life and Body of your Dreams helps you bring your mental, physical and spiritual self together to work toward creating a perfect life. It’s a step by step approach to changing your life. Many times our own negative self talk can undermine our lives and our chance to be happy. I’ve been going through that myself again lately. Reading this book right now has helped me pick myself up and start being kinder to myself and on myself.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and its message. It was just what I needed at just the right moment to get myself back on track with the new year and a new start on being kind and good to myself.

Crushing By Elena Dillon Book Tour~ Beach Basket and $50 Amazon Gift Card Up For Grabs


As a pampered and adored daughter of a wealthy Southern family Rory’s life was seemingly perfect until her troubled childhood crush moves back in across the street forcing her to choose between him and the life that has been chosen for her.

As if that isn’t enough, her quiet island town has turned dangerous. A good friend has gone missing, lending truth to the rumors of a serial kidnapper. In her quest to help she becomes a target and will have to make choices about love, friendship and the inevitable sacrifice that they both require.

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Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles. She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her two kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage.

A self proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends. They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.

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Through the Valley love Endures Book Tour

Through the Valley Love Endures

What if death came for you today? Would you be ready?

Forced to face his own mortality, Eddie Santiago fought to stay alive in a broken world. His incredible journey through heartbreak, abuse, and adversity left him with one truth: every life makes a difference.

This is the true and compelling story of his supernatural quest through the valley of death, doubt, and darkness. Eddie provides a passionate story that will capture the attention of even the toughest skeptics.

Angels, demons, heaven, hell, Jesus and the devil: are they fiction, or are they more real than anything else in the world?

About Eddie David Santiago

Eddie David Santiago has worked in the mental health/substance abuse field since he was 18 years old. He holds bachelor degrees in both psychology and religious studies and has provided counseling related services for multiple mental health, substance abuse and human service agencies. In addition, he earned his master’s degree in counseling along with certification in educational administration.

With over fifteen years of counseling related experience, Eddie founded the organization L.E.A.D. (Love Endures And Delivers) which offers interactive group trainings, seminar sessions, speaking opportunities for groups of all ages and crisis counseling sessions.

THROUGH THE VALLEY, LOVE ENDURES is based on Eddie’s early collection of writings, through which he found his voice. He seeks to inspire others to find their voice and share their own stories.
Eddie resides in the Midwest with his beautiful wife Sarah and their three amazing children, Faith, Isaiah and Makaylah.

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Return On Relationship by Ted Rubin and Kathryn Rose #RonR

I’m a big fan of Ted Rubin. I’ve been following him on social media for quite a while, I even had the opportunity to meet him at BlogHer last year. He was just as impressive in person as he is online. He was very kind and interesting to talk to. That’s why I’m super excited to get my hands on the new book Return On Relationship, co authored by Ted Rubin and Kathryn Rose.

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If you don’t know who Ted Rubin is:

Ted Rubin is the Chief Social Marketing Officer of CollectiveBias a Social Shopper Media Company. He is a leading social marketing strategist and in March 2009 started using and evangelizing the term ROR, Return on Relationship™.

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Ted is the most followed CMO on Twitter according to Social Media Marketing Magazine. ROR is the basis of his philosophy…It’s All About Relationships! Connect with Ted… TedRubin.com or @TedRubin

You can find Return On Relationship on Amazon here: Return on Relationship

Here’s a quick synopsis of the book from Amazon:

Social Media drives engagement, engagement drives loyalty, and loyalty correlates directly to increased sales.

Is your company currently focused on gaining brand advocates and building its social media credibility? Do you question whether or not using Facebook, Twitter, or blogs is a worthwhile investment of your time and resources? In Return on Relationship, Ted Rubin and Kathryn Rose present real world, practical ideas that will help businesses maximize their potential through using community-focused tools on the Internet. You’ll discover why ‘That’s the way it’s always been done’ will leave you without any customers.
In this book you will also discover:

  • How to Maximize your potential by using the right community-focused tools on the Internet
  • The importance of moving from convince and convert to converse and convert
  • What main problems will keep you from seeing dramatic results
  • How building engaged and responsive communities around your brand will significantly impact your bottom line

Relationships are very important in today’s world. I think Ted has it down. I can’t wait to check out Return On Relationships!

Glistening Haven by Jill Cooper Book Review

I’ve been reading Glistening Haven by Jill Cooper over the last few days. I have to say the book was very unexpected. Even reading the description before I started didn’t show me what a unique story Glistening Haven was going to be. There were so many cool, unexpected twists and turns to this story! I really had no choice but to get sucked into the story and the lives of the characters.

Here’s a quick synopsis of the book:

Susan and her family live in New Haven 56. It appears to be a tranquil 1950s styled community to the rest of the world. But monster that lurks inside Susan, and every one of her superficially perfect neighbors, held in check by the oppressive police state that rules over New Haven 56.

Susan happy life is torn apart when her teenage son goes missing the same night an explosion rips apart the community. Susan knows it’s only a matter of time before the police start breaking down their doors.

Before the reconditioning begins and Susan’s identity is lost, she must do one final thing.

Find her son.

At first I was a little worried, there are quite a few characters and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep them straight. They all started to fall into place after the first couple chapters, and I was drawn right into the story. Then I couldn’t put it down!

This is a very unique book, not like anything I’ve ever read before, and I’ve read a ton of books! I love it when I pick up a book and it’s completely unexpected in a good way. I hope there is more to the Glistening Haven story, I’m not ready to be finished with these characters yet!

I would definitely read more by Jill Cooper! I give this book thumbs up all the way around.

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