Book Spotlight: Lose Your Fat, Not Your Mind: Adrian Padula

Lose Your Fat, Not Your Mind
By Adrian Padula
Genre: Non-Fiction
Losing weight can often be an uphill battle for most people. Are you looking for a simple yet effective way to drop those excess pounds? After many years of working in the health and fitness industry, Adrian decided that there had to be certain principles that when followed, produced guaranteed weight loss and better health for anyone who followed them. Principles that were so simple to use and easy to implement, yet still produced remarkable results. After years of research and testing, Adrian finally discovered the 7 ‘secret’ principles that must be followed in order to achieve the kind of body and level of health that most people desire. Moreover, this method of eating is enjoyable, easy to sustain, and can be adapted to YOUR specific lifestyle! Finally, a plan that you can actually stick with and a way of eating that WILL produce the results you have always wanted, and quickly! *Learn how to recognise which foods literally force your body to burn body fat *Discover which superfoods you must include in your diet to fast track your results *Learn how to use intermittent fasting as a powerful weight loss tool *Learn how to switch on your fat-burning hormones *Lose 3-4 pounds every week *Discover the biggest mistakes most people make when trying to lose weight *Learn how to destroy your sugar cravings using a simple 4-step process *Discover how you can finally gain control over the food you eat *Learn how Adrian’s proven 7-step method, which has helped hundreds of his clients, can also give you amazing results *Find out which supplements can help you to lose weight and which ones are a total waste of your money *Discover how you can activate your ‘skinny gene’ *Have access to nutritious and easy to prepare recipes that are guaranteed to taste amazing! About the Author

Adrian Padula is a certified nutritionist, wellness coach, chef, author and blogger. Working in the health, fitness and hospitality industries over the past 20 years ignited his passion to help others to look and feel their best through healthy lifestyle choices. Working closely with food also gave him an understanding of how people’s eating habits and lack of awareness was not only leading them further away from their goals, but also down the path to self-destruction. His ‘worthy ideal’ is to help educate people and assist them in living a happier, healthier life.
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The Girl At The Bar by Nicholas Nash

Bright, ambitious Rebecca Chase is in New York for a medical conference. As a cutting edge researcher, she is on top of her game and a hot commodity. During a break from the conference, she stops in a bar where she meets Ragnar Johnson.

A discussion on his unusual name leads to a late night rendezvous in his apartment. Ragnar believes his recent run of bad luck has changed. That is until he wakes up the next morning to an empty bed and a missing Rebecca. What initially appeared to be a young woman regretting a drunken choice becomes a true missing person’s case when the police knock on his apartment door. It seems that Rebecca isn’t just missing from his apartment. She’s gone without a trace.

Shady scientists, sketchy friends, and scary secrets all come into play in the search for Rebecca. It seems that everyone wants to find her- or do they?

‘The Girl At the Bar’ is Nicholas Nash’s first book. The basic premise is good. His plot is well thought out and shows promise. However, there are a number of things that I didn’t care for throughout the book. Character to character dialogue seemed much too scripted. Rarely do ‘real’ people speak without using any slang or consistently speak in full sentences. Here, our characters repeat themselves -often- and use the word ‘Uh’ constantly.

In a mystery that involves cancer research, a good bit of medical jargon is to be expected. However, some benefit of the doubt should be given to readers. Not all terms need a paragraph long explanation. For example, carcinogens is a pretty common word for most readers. It comes off as condescending and elementary to leave the plot’s action & define it. The same can be said for historical references. If it isn’t essential to the plot, leave it out. It’s distracting.

That said, my opinion is that ‘The Girl in the Bar’ is simply missing the ‘WOW’ factor. A little over halfway through, I’d reconciled what I thought the finale would be and I was spot on. With so much competition in fiction, a book really needs to stand out in its genre. Sadly, this one does not. I give it 3 stars, which is being generous, and hopefully, Nicholas Nash will come with his ‘A’ game in his next book.

*Sensitive readers: Contains sex and violence

**I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. As always, read for yourself and draw your own conclusion.

Chasing the Ripper: Patricia Cornwell

After devoting most of her literary career to fiction works, Patricia Cornwell developed a fascination with the unsolved murders of Jack the Ripper. In this Kindle Single, she takes time to answer some questions surrounding her investigation and give readers a little background.

Honestly, this single was the first I’ve read of any of her works. I’d heard good things, just never happened to read any of them. When I saw this one, I was intrigued. She had written a book about the Ripper, ‘Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper-Case Closed’. This Single, however, is in anticipation of her newest work, ‘Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert’.
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed ‘Ripperologist’ or just recently heard of him (which is doubtful), you’re at least aware that he’s one of the world’s most infamous serial killers. Movies, television, and written word have all dedicated themselves to immortalizing his name. One thing has always been certain: he’s never been brought to justice.

Countless writers/historians have guessed through research or simple whodunit measures as to his identity. None has ever seemed as certain as Ms. Cornwell. As the title of her work details, she believes Walter Sickert was the Ripper. In this prequel (that’s the best way to describe it), Ms. Cornwell gives us a few tidbits from her investigation. It is a very short read at around 48 pages (on the Kindle).

She discusses how she was perceived from fans & naysayers during her investigation. There are notable talking points on people she met, things she’s seen, and answers to frequently asked questions. If nothing else, it generates anticipation towards the more complete project to come. I will say that I was impressed with this book and definitely compelled to read more.

My knowledge of ‘Ripperology’ is close to zero, so I’m not in a position to throw out a guess for his identity. However, Ms. Cornwell makes her case and if I was picking sides, I’d side with her. It’s an articulate, well-written prequel. I’m very much looking forward to , ‘Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert’.

Wined, Dined And Dead: Stacey Alabaster

Bakery Detectives Book #9
Valentine’s Day has arrived. Like many couples, Rachel & Kenneth and Pippa & Marcello plan to spend the Holiday dining in style. ‘Scott’s’ is the place to be. Priding itself on being the epitome of upscale dining, the foursome had to settle for the night before the holiday in order to score a reservation.

But, their dinner is ruined when a murder is committed in Scott’s. Unfortunately, the victim happens to be their waiter- a young man named Paul. Before they know it, Rachel & Pippa are back to investigating whodunit. Romance will have to wait.

The last two installments of the series have definitely evolved. There is a lot more mystery & investigating included. Pippa & Marcello continue to provide comic relief with their endless supply of martial woes. I’m not a fan of the ‘Kenneth’ character who appeared in Book 8. Rachel is a better heroine flying solo.

As for the plot, this one has a number of twists and turns. It’s interesting how many people’s lives intersect. But, that’s true in real-life so it works here too. Readers will be kept guessing a bit longer than they have with the series before this book (which is a good thing). I give it 4 stars & hope the writing continues in this direction.

The TimeKeepers: Jenn Bregman

SYNOPSIS: “The TimeKeepers centers on a young, idealistic, naïve lawyer named Sarah Brockman. Having left Big Law in search of work that will make a difference, Sarah finds herself barely scraping by, running her own personal injury firm working for clients who can’t pay and pursuing causes she can’t win.
Then, a random horrific car crash changes everything.
Brimming with corrupt judges, dirty cops, offshore banking, massive fraud, and countless twists and turns through the highways and byways of southern California, Mexico, and the Cook Islands, The TimeKeepers follows Sarah as invisible strings pull her closer and closer to the core of a shocking conspiracy. Facing off against a cunning and deranged adversary, Sarah must navigate a kaleidoscopic landscape of characters including a sharp-witted socialite, a felon, and a shameless Mexican raconteur – all while kindling a tender romance with her boyishly handsome new love, Sam, who’s been following the same trail… but from the other end, and the wrong side of the law.”

MY THOUGHTS: ‘The TimeKeepers’ maintains the usual legal thriller plot. Good vs. bad, David vs. Goliath. Sarah is a likable heroine, to an extent. Her romance with Sam is a tad too convenient and distracts from the plot. It was my feeling from page one that revealing the ‘villain’ from the get-go was a mistake. It would have changed the entire dynamic of the novel and made it ten times better, had the reader been kept guessing for a bit.

The ending itself was good. Our author brought the epilogue to together nicely. However, I found the majority of the book to be a bit too wordy, dragging along with lulls in the action, and predictable. A word of caution for sensitive readers: there is coarse language, violence & sex throughout the novel. While the book is readable, it lacked anything majorly exciting or noteworthy. I give it 3 stars and hope the sequel surpasses this one.

I received a copy in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine. Pics & synopsis belong ONLY to the author & her team.
Jenn Bregman is a white-collar criminal defense lawyer who has practiced in both Los Angeles and New York City, where she worked on some of the most notorious cases of our time. A veteran of Big Law and a graduate of the University of Denver and UCLA Law School, her writing has been published in the UCLA Law Review and Los Angeles Lawyer magazine. A marathoner who loves pugs and hiking giant mountains, Bregman lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the California Women’s Bar Association, Los Angeles Women’s Bar Association, Gamma Phi Beta, and Mensa. The TimeKeepers is her first novel, with a sequel planned for release in 2018.

Smoked Gouda Murder: Patti Benning

Papa Pacelli’s Pizzeria #5

Thanksgiving will be memorable for Ellie this year. Her Nonna takes a nasty fall that lands her in the hospital & she, along with Shannon, witnesses a murder right in front of her pizzeria. Thinking it was going to be a holiday to be thankful for her blessings, it ends up becoming one where she’ll be thankful she’s lived through.

Now that they’ve been front & center for the crime, the ladies are in quite a bit of danger. Ellie will have to stay alert while keeping a watchful eye on Nonna.

For the most part, the first 4 books were great. I was invested in the series. This installment made me second guess my choice. Patti Benning has been pretty good about quality plots and mysteries that made sense. Not only did this mystery not make sense, but then Nonna’s fall was thrown in.

Mostly the book was scattered, lacking it’s series’ usual appeal. Hopefully, in the next installment, Ellie will get her groove back along with her author. I have to give this one two stars and a huge sigh of disappointment.

The Twilight Wife: A.J. Banner

Kyra Winthorp has lost 4 years of her life. Somewhere in her mind, those years exist. But, currently, she knows very little.

Jacob, her husband, has tried to fill in those blanks for her. There was a diving accident which resulted in a head injury. That accounts for the memory loss. Mystic Island is home to her & yet foreign as are the ‘friends’ that she can’t seem to recall. Frustrating as the amnesia is, it’s not nearly as disturbing as the haunting visions she has daily.

Although Jacob & her friends have tried their best to help her reconnect to her world, she knows there is something, right outside her grasp, that she desperately needs to remember. Her only ‘memories’ are ones she’s told she should have. When your whole world is a narrative told to you, how do you know what is true & what isn’t?

A. J. Banner gained my respect with her first novel, ‘The Good Neighbor’. She has an amazing ability to write suspense. With that said, I was slightly skeptical about the synopsis. It seems we’ve been inundated ,in the past year,with fiction about female leads who’ve lost their memories in one fashion or another.

I was pleasantly surprised with the direction the plot took. There were many different directions it could have gone & I’m glad that A.J. Banner chose a fresh, new path. As for the characters, none of them are cut & dry. In fact, if looked at with a cynical mind, any one of them could be up to no good. That’ what makes a great edge-of-your seat thriller.

I continue to be a fan of her work and with fantastic, 4 star novels like ‘Twilight Wife’, she will solidify her status as a best-selling author.