February 16, 2014

Disconnected Kids by Rober Melillo Sue's Review

Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological DisordersDisconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders by Robert Melillo
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Hi ! It has been a long time since I have had the time to post loads of things have happened in the last year but I had a stock pile of books I had read and reviewed I will clean up those reviews and soon have more for you on various topics as I get them. This particular book was one that really struck a cord with me. I would like to preface this post by saying IF this method worked for you or your child that is fabulous. It is not the method or the "autism diet" I have problems with it is the way this book presented things to parents.

I will rarely waste my time writing a bad review but this snake oil salesman deserves it.
any parent when faced with a challenged child will look for any way to make their child more normal
it is in our nature
it is not because we do not love our child for who he is but because we want their life to be easier
I am the mother of 5, 4 of whom have some special needs of one type or another. This book was recommended to me by my sister in law who loves her nephews and like me would love to see anything to make their lives easier
I went into this book skeptical but hopeful I want there to be an easy fix
be it a diet
or exercises or games or something anything

I can see how this book preys on the desperation of a well meaning loving parent
It says in many instances to have cured ADHD and Autistic spectrum disorders.
I'm going to stop right here because first off Im going to call BULL
IF this man had really cured Autism and ADHD I would like to know why this is not national news?
why is this man not being brought up in each and every single pediatric conference ? why is his name not being sung as the greatest savior of children since Jonas Salk?


This book gives beautiful, heart wrenching stories of children who were cured by this system.
It then goes on to tell you the way to fix your child of course you could always find one of his clinics and have his system administered to your child by the professional counselors (the first clue that this home version will not work you , you cheap fool are not paying enough money for the experts you bad parent you! yes this book uses guilt to manipulate you be warned)

First going on the gluten and casein free diet (no wheat and no dairy essentially) now be on this diet for 6 months follow it religiously any failure in this diet even a small amount will be a set back because your child has a food sensitivity
some issues with this
no tests run just cut wheat and dairy out of his diet huh OK

granted I am not an expert on food sensitivities and how they affect brain behavior even a small amount will cause a complete relapse of symptoms and according to this doctor it takes months before you will notice a difference in the childs behavior

my issue comes not just with the diet portion however it comes with the statements that the doctor makes about the effectiveness of his program
basically if you follow his program your child with get better
GREAT I thought
then I read on
if his program does not work it is because either
1) your child was born with an issue far to severe for his program to be effective
2) you deviated in some way from the program you fed your child something with casein in it or something with Gluten in it OR you did not follow his directions exactly
or (and this was the best one)

3) your child somehow experienced brain damage from whip lash as a small baby

no matter what the program is right and works if the programs fails the program did not fail YOU as a parent failed

This "doctor" should be ashamed of himself he claims he does this "for the kids"
face up to facts there doc you do this for the money you swindle out of the pockets of parents desperate to make life just a tiny bit easier for their struggling child





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one final note this review pissed off someone on Goodreads. It is my hope that this program works for her child I really do. I wish there was an easy fix not to cure autism, but to make life easier for those that have it that want things changed for them. Until then we will just keep on keeping on. Remember this is my opinion of this book you can have your own
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September 13, 2013

Guest Post by Annabelle

HI ALL
I know it has been forever since I have done a post . I can give you a million excuses but mostly it comes down to real life. If you follow me on twitter you know my reasons. I do plan on getting back to this because the unfinished posts about good books I have read is really starting to bug me. In the meantime please enjoy this post and contest for the book Melted Tears.  






 Melted Tears 


  Sci-fi/Romance

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Novella
Release Date: 9th September 2013


Two lovers face off against a government determined to keep them apart. It’s only brave if it’s hard.    

After a decade of being alone in the wilderness, Cressenda is still adjusting to life with the man of her dreams. When Beckett hatches a plan to break her parents out of The Affinity prison work camps, Cressenda must make the biggest sacrifice of her life; trading her freedom for her parents’. Cressenda’s fortitude is tested at every turn, from surviving the conditions of West Fallen work camp to believing in Beckett’s dedication to their plan and their love, even when it looks like all hope is lost. With the help of a unlikely ally, Cressenda learns to stop fighting against her fears and embrace the power of fighting for her dreams.

Will trusting Beckett to take down The Affinity be the ultimate show of faith or a fatal mistake? 
Available at


About Annabelle


Annabelle is a Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy Romance author, that is, when she's not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.

Her Sociology degree has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle's unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.




She's also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com, where she expounds her knowledge of being a vixen clad in sweatpants.


Annabelle’s official author page http://www.annabelleblumebooks.com
You can reach her on Twitter @AnnabelleBlume and stay up-to-date via her author Facebook page


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April 10, 2013

Sue's Review of Boys Next Door by Sommer Marsden




 This is a sexy, hot, fun read with the butcher, the baker, and the guy that works for the Electric company.
These 3 little pigs ,they are not really pigs they are guys... Im waiting for the guys are all pigs jokes to finish I'll be patient .. take your time.
ANYWAYS


these 3 guys live in fairy tale cottages across from the house that Farrels father left her are all hot, sexy, and causing oh so much confusion for the new girl in the small town

This book will have you fanning yourself in places and giggling out loud in others.

I reacted out loud in many places in this book laughing yelling tears etc when that happens you know the characters are well written.

I did not hate the our leading lady, which you know for me is a big deal. I like that she is sexually free and not tying herself down looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Marriage material: she wants to have her fun and not have the messy stuff that goes with committed relationships. SHE is not ready to commit she does not feel she is mature enough for it.

HURRAY!
A girl that is realistic about her own expectations of her life!

ALSO:
none of the men in here are super wealthy dudes.
The money talk is not in there, there is no massive trauma involved in this story; there is a foursome, a mystery, and LOADS of hot sexin'!

I am even forgiving the darling Sommer for using one of my no-no words in sex a scene
she used the word nub!!!!!
For use of the word nub




You all know that one annoys me and usually pulls me out of the story. I bet Autumn is so proud of me for not going with the pull out joke here because I do indeed have sex gifs for that!{ed. note: I am, Sue, I really am. That must have hurt, not to use them ;D}






This time it did not (yes I highlighted where she used it) but it did not destroy the sexy in the scene.
for the word nub not ruining the sex

This book was very enjoyable! If you like lots of sexin in your book then this is a book for you. These are very horny characters. This book is porn--some plot, and then some more porn thrown in there. It has silly dialog, cute characters, hot guys, a hot woman who KNOWS she is hot but is not all vain about it.

Let me introduce you to the gentlemen:
 First up we have Deke, the first guy she meets when she moves to this town.
who I see as Deke


of course Sommers view point cannot be denied her Deke












Let's just say that when Farrel and Deke meet they share way more than just a friendly handshake.







Then we have the sweet darling man who gives her some "nice to meet you, welcome to the neighborhood, you have a nice ass" donuts.

I put in hot baker in google I get this I accept





Yes, there is a hot, sweet, shy baker boy  Google will not
give me picture of hot, shy men holding donuts or kneading bread so you will have to use your imagination. or just look at this :


















the candlestick maker
Finally we have our third little pig, Hot fella, who is oh so naughty. He is tricksy one--can't really tell good guy bad guy or what. because if I say more I will spoil and if you listen to me tell the story you will miss out on how she tells is and you WANT to read this you WANT to you really really do! What is a girl to do? how can she choose? WHO will she choose?

There are so many neat things that happen in this one, my dears--you have to give a shot!

As you can see I enjoyed it a great deal! I give it 4 stars


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March 26, 2013

Courting Cate by Leslie Gould

Courting CateCourting Cate by Leslie Gould
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is probably the first of this "genre" book I have read (Amish romance), so going into this please know that my knowledge of this culture and its practices is no greater than the average person.

I requested this book from NetGalley because the title interested me I wondered if it would be like Taming of the Shrew and once I read the synopsis I knew it would be. Since Taming of the Shrew is my favorite of Shakespeare's comedies I had to get it.

I was not disappointed in its similarities to one of The Bard's greatest comedies. This book has a shrewish girl, but she is not shown in the usual way.

What I liked about this is that the book is from Cate's perspective. We feel empathy toward her. We see the world and how annoying it is through her eyes and how the people around her just do not understand her.

I like that because of the POV we get to see the love between the sisters; this is not something that tends to come out in other versions of this type of story and rarely comes out in a stage production.

I like how the sweet love develops and how suspicious she is of people. She knows she has trust issues, but she has been hurt too many times that she closes herself off

Because this is an inspirational romance, the reader will have to expect some religious stuff that fits the characters and their faith.
I really did not feel hit over the head with it--it came off as inspirational rather than preachy (and it makes me want to dig out my old Bible to read the story Esther).

The more I think about this story, the more I want to give it another half a star so 4 1/2 stars for taking my fav type of story (Taming of the Shrew) and making it better.

The only thing I would have wanted to see more of would be more of Cate and Pete together, holding hands and talking, walking arm in arm... Thsee little bits in the story were breathtaking.

Just a note to my usual readers: this is a YA Christian book. If you are looking for something steamy you need to check out my other reviews. This one does not fit that category, however it is a very enjoyable romance  

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March 19, 2013

Guest Post with Ruthie Knox



Hi all I met this lovely funny lady on Twitter after her books were reccd to me by a friend. 
I am thrilled to use my blog to help her get the word out about her upcoming story Along Came Trouble 
Ruthie writes lovely funny stories with lots of heart and of course great characters 
I hope you give her stuff a shot 
                                            SUE



Hello, Cleveland! Or wherever you are.

Happy to be here at So You Think You Can Write (I do! I do!) to talk about Along Came Trouble, which released on March 11 from Random House / Loveswept. Along Came Trouble is the second novel in my Camelot series, though it can be read as a standalone.

It’s a “bodyguard book,” but it’s a little different, too. I see it as a novel about what happens when a woman meets the right man at the wrong time and has to decide how much of herself to give him when she doesn’t feel like she’s got any self to spare. And most of all it’s about how hard it is to find a balance between dependence, independence, and interdependence—and how love can lift our burdens and help us become better versions of ourselves, if we are brave enough to let it.

To give you a taste, I’m including this excerpt, which is in the heroine, Ellen’s, point of view. Ellen is having her first long conversation with the hero, Caleb, and finding herself far more curious about him than she wants to be. As she talks to him, we listen to her thoughts and get an idea just where her resistance to intimacy and dependence comes from:

She fought back all the other questions she wanted to ask. How big was his family? Did he have brothers and sisters, nieces or nephews? A girlfriend?
Her curiosity had no shame. She couldn’t remember the last time she’d cared so much about the mundane details of someone else’s life. There was nowhere this intense wanting-to-know could lead that she had the freedom to follow.
“It sounds kind of nice,” she said. “To have all that family around.”
He laced his fingers behind his head, resting his elbows against the chair back. “It has its moments. Does that mean you don’t? Have family or somebody around, I mean?”
“Just Jamie, when he comes to visit. And my ex’s mom, I guess. She takes care of Henry a few days a week. She’s sort of family. Both of my parents are gone.”
“What about the ex, does he help out?”
“He’s an alcoholic.”
Caleb made a pained face, a standard response to her confession about Richard. He was probably thinking the standard thoughts and would soon offer one of the standard platitudes. What a shame. How hard for you.
It had been hard, but the alcohol had been the least of her problems when she was married to Richard.
One time, she’d embarrassed him at a dinner party by admitting she’d never read Ulysses. He’d had a few too many drinks, and he’d launched into a monologue that began with a few witty jokes at her expense and ended with a dissertation on her shortcomings. It went on so long that she’d fantasized about standing up and dumping her dinner in his lap. She’d imagined herself walking out, hiking half a mile home in the dark in her heels. Locking him out of the house until he sobered up.
She’d done nothing. Not that night, and not for days afterward. Finally, when it seemed possible it could be funny, she’d told Jamie.
Verbally abusive, Jamie had said. Never good enough for you. You should leave him.
But those were all Jamie’s words, and she hadn’t been able to absorb them, to believe them. Part of her had understood the logic behind her brother’s hatred for Richard, but she hadn’t known how to make it her own logic, her own hatred. Not until Henry came along.
In the divorce, she’d gotten the house and a custody agreement that allowed Richard three hours’ supervised visitation with Henry each week. Richard had gotten everything else. Ellen considered it a victory.
Caleb leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees. Ellen waited for his sympathy, but it wasn’t what she got.
“No boyfriend?” he asked.
Surprised and grateful, she made a snorting sound of dismissal, the sort of accidental pig noise she was always embarrassing herself with. “No.”
Caleb rubbed his finger and thumb over his jaw, looking ponderous but with mischief in his eyes. “A girlfriend, then.”
“Come on, I’m not gay,” she protested. “Just, you know, divorced. A mom.”
“You say that like it’s the same thing as ‘washed up.’”
It is.
“Camelot’s a hard place to be thirty and single,” she pointed out. “All these college girls running around are tough on the ego.”
“They’re kids. They could hardly compete with you.”
When she glanced over, he was smirking at her. Served her right. She’d fished pretty deep for the compliment.
Caleb’s smirk was dead sexy.
Her libido growled and started pacing back and forth across her lower belly.
Don’t look at him, Ellen told herself, but her furtive eyes snatched tidbits to catalog. Shoulders so broad, he just about filled the whole chair. His throat where he’d unbuttoned his shirt. The shadow of stubble on his neck and jaw.
Here was a species of man she had no experience with. She’d always gone for the Heathcliff types, men with wild hair and deep thoughts. Army guys didn’t do it for her. Or they never had before.
Oh, not good. Not good at all.
She couldn’t have him. There was no room in her life for any man, let alone one this . . . big. Even if she had the feminine wiles to capture his attention, what would she do with him?
You’d roll right over and let him take charge.
And then she’d be back at square one, weak-willed and malleable, chained to the whims of another man who didn’t want or respect her enough. No, thanks.



 
About the Book
Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox
Camelot series, book 2
Releases March 11, 2013

Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series continues in this sizzling eBook original novel, featuring two headstrong souls who bump heads—and bodies—as temptation and lust bring nothing but delicious trouble.

An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.

Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?

E-book. 350 pp. ISBN 978-0-345-54161-1.





About Ruthie

Ruthie Knox graduated from Grinnell College as an English and history double major and went on to earn a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use. She debuted as a romance novelist with Ride with Me—probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story yet to be penned—and followed it up with About Last Night, which features a sizzling British banker hero with the unlikely name of Neville. Other publications include Room at the Inn (a Christmas novella) and How To Misbehave, book 1 in the Camelot series. She moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia.


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March 7, 2013

GUEST POST Nicole Wolverton



CHARACTER PROFILE: ZORY KORCHAGIN

Like most writers, I have a very clear idea in my head about who my characters are. Zory Korchagin, one the characters in my novel THE TRAJECTORY OF DREAMS, is no exception. I could see him—
“Are you here alone?” he asked. “If you are, may I sit with you? I hate to eat by myself.” His words held the rich vowels and guttural syllables of a heavy Eastern European accent, similar to the owner and wait staff but different in a way I couldn’t quite name.
[…]“I am Zory,” he said, his back erect in the unnaturally perfect posture of an electric chair.
“Lela,” I muttered. Something nagged at the back of my mind, like a word balancing precariously on my tongue.
“Thank you, Lela.”
I nodded again. The broadness of his chest was intimidating in that way that only strong men can be, bringing to mind the warnings Dad had always drilled into my head as a teenager.
[…] The man cleared his throat. My head jerked up, eyes now focused on his angular chin. Light brown goatee and mustache, neatly trimmed.
I memorized the shape of his razor-edged nose and elfin ears. The gray eyes—just the color of the barrel of a gun—peered beneath bushy eyebrows.

That should give you a taste of Zory. He’s a Russian cosmonaut on loan to NASA, and he has a strange fascination with Lela White, the narrator of THE TRAJECTORY OF DREAMS. He’s a sweet man, loves his family, is fairly superstitious. I should confess that I had a slight crush on Zory as I was writing him. It’s hard not to fall for him…just a little bit. Part of it is that accent, but part of it is that he’s just, I don’t know, open and honest.

As much as I had a picture of him in my mind, though, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the perfect actor to play him in the imaginary movie version of the novel. I was watching an episode of CSI: New York, and there he was: Johann Urb.

Seriously. Throw a goatee on the guy, give him some gray contact lenses, and he’s Zory. Better yet, he’s Estonian, which means he wouldn’t even have to fake the accent that much.

I won’t say much about what happens in THE TRAJECTORY OF DREAMS between Zory and Lela—there are too many opportunity for spoilers. Rather, keep Johann Urb in your mind when you read the novel and let me know if he’s your Zory, too!


Publishers Weekly calls THE TRAJECTORY OF DREAMS (Bitingduck Press, ISBN 9781938463440) a "skillful mainstream examination of a psychotic woman’s final descent into insanity." The novel exposes the chaotic inner life of Lela White, a sleep lab technician and mentally ill insomniac who believes she has been tasked with protecting the safety of the revitalized U.S. space shuttle program. She breaks into the homes of astronauts to watch them sleep, and she is prepared to kill to keep those with sleep problems from the shuttle launch. Her delicate grasp on reality becomes more tenuous when annoying co-worker Trina Shook insists on moving into her house and visiting Russian cosmonaut Zory Korchagin inserts himself into Lela's life. Korchagin's increasing interest puts her carefully-constructed world at risk of an explosion as surely as he does his own upcoming launch. Lela's tragic childhood unfolds throughout the novel, revealing the beginnings of her illness and long-buried secrets, and as Lela’s universe unravels, no one is safe. Buy a copy of THE TRAJECTORY OF DREAMS at your local independent bookshop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or anywhere books are sold.


THE AUTHOR: Nicole Wolverton fears many things, chief amongst them that something lurks in the dark. From ghosts to stalkers, her adult and young adult fiction plays on the mundane and not-so-mundane things that frighten us all. THE TRAJECTORY OF DREAMS is her debut novel. She is a freelance writer and editor and lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband, dog, and two cats.







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