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Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life's Magic (Abridged)
I was overjoyed when I won a copy of Mike Dooley's book, Leveraging the Universe.

Irregardless of how I came by it, the review is the same.


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Nov 08, 2012
A Killing Tide (Columbia River, #1)
I love nothing better than a rainstorm when I’m inside with a cup of hot tea and a new book by a new, to me, author. Today I got to discover A Killing...more
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Nov 12, 2010
Pesto Packing Mama
Seldom if ever do I want to give an author a Mulligan, but right now I do ... a BIG Mulligan and a whole bunch of white-out.

Ms. Arnold has a great aud...more
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Feb 15, 2011
No Mercy (Were-Hunter, #5)
The good news, she's a great writer.
The bad news, she's begun to repeat herself.

If you have the time/inclination to read several of her pieces at once...more
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Dec 07, 2010
The Next Big Thing
**spoiler alert** As a general rule, I love first novels and I love first person. First novels, the author really seems to care (a lot) about their ch...more
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Nov 15, 2010
Wish for the Moon
I was fortunate to win this book, and boy am I glad I did.

I thought I could parcel it out and read it a little at a time, it was an epic fail. After a...more
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Dec 06, 2012
Always Faithful
Boxes are incredibly confining places to live, work, or read. I have been reading more outside of my box this year. A lot of romances are
incredibly ty...more
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Feb 10, 2011
The Shiksa Syndrome: A Novel
This book is a love story on multiple levels and for multiple people.
New York, Judaism, Family - these are all incredibly strong elements and characte...more
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Mar 02, 2011
Bond Girl
Since I hate to write summaries and others here do such a lovely job of it, I won't.

Suffice it to say the characters have character. Even the building...more
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May 26, 2012
The Husband Habit
Well crafted and well done - but the author puts too many current references and too much politically based anger for the book/story to last beyond on...more
Sep 13, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
A Woman of Choice
I have been one of 'those' readers - you know the ones. Stuck on heroes from that 'other' country. Now I know better. Now I know that Norway is where...more
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Jan 11, 2011
Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)
What's to be said that hasn't already been covered?

KH is the master at world building and dang does she know how to populate one, too.

Even though I wa...more
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Nov 30, 2010
Master of the Mountain (Mountain Masters & Dark Haven, #1)
I never thought about BDSM - the lifestyle, the people, what it takes for that kind of a relationship to work and be OK. Then I stumbled on the Master...more
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Dec 29, 2010
The Ex Files: A Novel About Four Women and Faith
I'm not a reader of Christian fiction, but stumbled onto this piece ... the response the women had to the end of their relationships and how they choo...more
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Jan 08, 2011
Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1)
A very a-typical romance. In face doesn't read like romance at all - until the very end. The protagonist, Cannie, is incredibly real. She isn't the fl...more
Oct 30, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
Club Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands, #1)
Another great work from CS ... again, I never thought I'd read or be enthralled by the subject matter. It isn't the lifestyle elements or the sex (ver...more
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Jan 05, 2011
The Next Thing on My List
This book changed how I looked at myself, my life, and what I really want to do/be when I grow up. I recommended it to all of my friends, even lost my...more
Jul 03, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
The Last Lecture
This is the book R. Pausch may have 'written' for his kids, friends, family, but I think the lessons in it are universal.

In many ways it is a great gu...more
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Dec 14, 2010
Doms of Dark Haven (Mountain Masters & Dark Haven, #1.5)
I'd gladly rate Ms. Sinclair's contribution a '5 star', but the other pieces of the anthology just weren't my cup of tea.

I know anthologies are a grea...more
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Jan 18, 2011
Last Chance Saloon
**spoiler alert** The characters were well formed/developed, but seemed a bit young for their purported ages.
Several themes were well handled: 1) when...more
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Nov 05, 2010
Lady Doctor Wyre (A Jane Austen Space Opera, #1)
Joely Sue Burkhart is an author who brings the seemingly impossible together and makes it work and work well.

Lady Doctor Wyre brings elements of Victo...more
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Feb 21, 2011
Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11)
I know better than to start a series not at the beginning, but in this case, it didn't matter.

Loved the internal dialog, dry wit, sharp human observat...more
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Dec 18, 2010
The Art of Mingling: Proven Techniques for Mastering Any Room
It's a common sense book about connecting and meeting people, but not in a slimy pickup artist kind of a way.

Presented with humor, style, and class, t...more
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Oct 26, 2010
Talk Nerdy to Me (Nerds, #5)
Well written and smart (no pun intended). I like that a more or less every day guy can be a heart throb - most of us date/marry/divorce every day guys...more
Oct 31, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
The Grief Recovery Handbook: A Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Devastating Losses
The ultimate book for people who are grieving. I re-read it every year and always take something away. I have also had the pleasure of meeting the aut...more
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Mar 04, 2010
Stone Kissed
Well written/crafted. Clearly the author knows about art, history, architecture, romance, and hunky men. That the statues each have personalities as u...more
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Feb 17, 2011
Make A Wish And Blow
While a very highly charged erotic read, I don't know that I'd put it on my list of recommendations to my friends. While Darren likes to dominate, he...more
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Feb 15, 2011
Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America
It is good but frightening. The finances, behind the scenes dealing, level of duplicity was amazing and depressing.

I won't look at the internet the sa...more
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Dec 18, 2010
Objects of My Affection
Others are far better at summing up than am I ... that said, I KNOW why I like Jill Smolinski's writing. I know her characters. They are real. They ha...more
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Apr 17, 2012
Bet Me
Just how many ways can you say 'smart and funny' without sounding like your vocabulary only has two words?

I guess I've just got two words - and I'm no...more
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Nov 22, 2010
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