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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

Blurb! Book of the Week: JK Hawkins’ ‘My Vampire Cousin’

Could there be another JK Rowling in our midst?

There could indeed, and her name is JK Hawkins.

By the tender age of 13, the Paris, Texas, scribe had already written 19 books in her My Weird Family series.

JK: Not so weird – like a fox.
JK: Not so weird – like a fox.

Now comes her 20th, titled My Vampire Cousin, which has been selected as this week’s Blurb! Book of the Week by hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent.

According to a fellow tween post- ing on ReaderViews, “This exceptional novel is both thrilling and humorous.

“The story’s main character, Alice, is strong, confident and smart. This is what all kids look for in a fairy tale.

“Alice finds out that her family is Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Kami Gray’s ‘The Denim Diet’

Now that spring is in full bloom, you don’t want to be parading around outdoors with your britches bursting at the seams.

That’s why we’re pleased to announce that this week’s Blurb! Book of the Week winner is not only a talented scribe, but a purveyor of prag- matic weight-loss advice.

CAPTIONS: "I don't know how much I weigh," Kami has said. "When I go to the doctor I say, 'Tell me in kilograms because I don't want to know.'"

"I don't know how much I weigh," Kami has said. "When I go to the doctor I say, 'Tell me in kilograms because I don't want to know.'"

Her name is Kami Gray and her hot-off-the-presses tome is titled The Denim Diet: Sixteen Simple Habits to Get You Into Your Dream Pair of Jeans.

Kami (who doesn’t trust bath- room scales) believes that blue jeans never lie as an indicator of just how over- or underweight we are.

And so The Denim Diet is chock full of Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Lisa Jander’s ‘Dater’s Ed’

She goes by the moniker “Mama J,” but (at least for this week) Lisa Jander shall be known as “The Blurbinator.”

Lisa (above): Beware of smooth curves.
Lisa: Beware of smooth curves.

That’s because she decimated the competition in last week’s edition of Blurb! – the revol- utionary new book show that’s anything but bookish.

A certified life coach from the Detroit area (who, as you may have guessed, has teenage kids), Lisa is the author of Dater’s Ed: The Instruction Manual for Parents.

“Need a dating curriculum to Continue reading

Blurb! Book of the Week: Laura Duksta’s ‘I Love You More’

As promised, we’ve returned to unveil the name of the author who trounced her fellow pitchers on last week’s maiden edition of Blurb! - the revolutionary new book show that’s anything but bookish.

Her name is Laura Duksta and her book is titled I Love You More.

CAPTIONS: "Love" the pitch: Laura (left) and Karen.

"Love" the pitch: Laura (left) with Karen.

“This cleverly con- ceived flip story, which ends in the middle and starts from either side, will show you what love looks like from both a child and a par- ent’s perspective,” writes publisher I Shine, Inc.

Illustrated by Karen Keesler, the book was written for Continue reading