Category Archives: Blurb! Book of the Week

Blurb! Book of the Week: Daria DiGiovanni’s ‘Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal’

Now that summer is upon us in all its glory, you’ve no doubt been hunting frantically for two things: (1) a bikini that makes you look 15 20 pounds slimmer and (2) the perfect beach read.

While we can’t help you with the former (particularly if you’re a guy), you are in luck on the literary front.

Because our resident critics, Sally Shields and Dr. Kent, have selected as Blurb! Book of the Week Daria Anne DiGiovanni‘s Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal.

Daria:

Daria: Adept at the ever-popular romance genre.

This 435-page novel tells the story of Madeline Rose, a sheltered woman of 25 whose father is a prominent Philadelphia surgeon. After a bitter breakup with her first real beau, Madeline meets hunky yet penniless Ken Lockheart, who’s fresh out of the Navy.

Neither Madeline nor Ken is prepared for the ensuing odyssey of Continue reading

Blurb! Books of the Week: Kelly Rouba’s ‘Juvenile Arthritis’ and Alan Smith’s ‘UnBreak Your Health’

Well, our Blurb! hosts have gone and done it again. So impressed were Sally Shields and Dr. Kent with last week’s batch of blurbs that they selected not one but two titles as Blurb! Book of the Week.

Kelly: Admirable achievements by any standards.

Kelly: Admirable achievements by any standards.

First up (via alphabetical order) is Kelly Rouba, author of Juvenile Arthritis: The Ultimate Teen Guide.

Though diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age two, Kelly never sat around in a self-pitying funk.

Rather, she forged a career for herself as journalist, public-relations pro, motivational speaker and Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Will Limkemann’s ‘The Successful Home Business Guide’

Are you cut out to be a business owner?  If so, what sort of business might you conduct from the comfort of your living room – clad only in, say, tube socks and a thong? And while we’re at it, how much should customers pony up for your services?

If such questions have ever scurried through your mind, you won’t want to miss tonight’s edition of Blurb!

CAPTION: Where there's a Will (above) to work from home, there's a way (below).

Where there's a Will (above) to work from home, there's a way (below).

Because, as their Blurb! Book of the Week, hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent have picked Will Limkemann‘s The Successful Home Business Guide.

This 224-page work “offers complete and practical advice, along with step-by-step instructions” on getting started on the road to domestic entrepreneurship.

And that’s a subject its author should know. In addition to serving as an adviser to scores of home-business owners throughout his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Will runs Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Charles Jacobs’ ‘The Writer Within You’

If you’ve always dreamed of writing a book but can’t seem to get so much as a single sentence on paper without throwing up your hands and scurrying off to seek solace in a whiskey sour, have we got news for you.

Blurb! hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent have selected Charles JacobsThe Writer Within You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing In Your Retirement Years as Blurb! Book of the Week.

Charles (above)

Charles (above): Helping to tap that scribe inside.

This 344-page how-to provides “all the basics you need to successfully write, publish and market your book.”

And who better to chart such territory than Charles?

The now-retired Columbia Journalism School grad, who lives in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., has written for such periodicals as the Los Angles Times and New York Times, and has worked as Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Chris Missick’s ‘Begin Again’

With apologies to Chandler Bing, could there be a better time to begin again?

Indeed not – what with defaults, foreclosures and bankruptcies running rampant.

Chris: One American you can bank on.

Chris: A how-to you can bank on.

That’s why it’s fitting that Blurb! hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent have selected Chris Missick‘s Begin Again: Securing Your Fresh Financial Start with Consumer Bankruptcy as Blurb! Book of the Week.

“In the book I set four simple goals for the reader: Learn the Process, Dispel the Myths, Lose the Fear and Begin Again,” says Chris, a Los Angeles bankruptcy attorney, and U.S. Army veteran who served in Continue reading

Blurb! Books of the Week: Michael Lane’s ‘The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum’ and Morgan Lawrence’s ‘The Streets Ran Red’

In a Blurb! first, hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent have selected not one but two writers to wear the coveted Book of the Week crown.

Michael:

Michael: Inebriating fiction.

But in a twist befitting a literary show, both scribes sport the initials “ML,” so deciding whom to plug first was a bit of a challenge.

In the end, however, we let alphabetical order rule, which means Michael Lane gets top billing.

A novel that “blends memoir with a spicy mix of New Orleans jazz, cuisine and history,” Michael’s The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum tells the story of a “marketing executive who wrestles with the demands of corporate politics, an exhaust- ing travel schedule, and the challenge of balancing work with the needs of a family” (to say nothing of his autistic child).

One night, en route to New Orleans, the hero Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Dr. David Robinson’s ‘Transforming Body, Mind & Spirit’

Does “living fit, trim and healthy for the rest of your like without expensive diets, weight-loss pills or programs” sound too good to be true?

Not to the thousands of Americans who have embraced the methods outlined in Dr. David Robinson’s Transforming Body, Mind & Spirit: The NonDiet Way to Live Fit, Trim, Healthy for Life.

Dr.

Dr. Robinson: Are you trying to seduce us?

Nor to Blurb! hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent, who have selected his self-help book as this week’s Blurb! Book of the Week.

Having overcome childhood obesity in adolescence, Dr. Robinson tells us he has been “maintaining great physical condition, great health and a wellness lifestyle for more than 25 years.”

“My mission is to Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: ‘Deedee Divine’s Totally Skewed Guide To Life’

To borrow a locution from the movie trailers, Diana Estill is Deedee Divine.

The question that remains, however, is, Who the hell is Deedee Divine?

For one, she (along with alter-ego Diana) is the author of Deedee Divine’s Totally Skewed Guide To Life, which has been selected as this week’s Blurb! Book of the Week by hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent.

Deedee: A survival guide to Di for.

Deedee: A survival guide to Di for.

In this outrageous survival guide, the native Texan ex- plains, among other things, why “family that doesn’t kill you makes you strong- er,” why women won’t read maps, and why men should never use “the B-word” (budget).

Prior to embarking on a career as a full-time humorist, Diana Continue reading