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The Anesthesia Game

This story delves into the lives of: Mitsy, Hannah, Pandora and Sydney. Mitsy is Sydney’s mom, Hannah is Mitzy’s sister and Pandora is Mitsy’s personal psychic. Hannah is sick with the c word and her mom, Mitsy has checked out emotionally minus taking Sydney to appointments and her dad is MIA by over working. Mitsy reaches out to Pandora for help. Pandora is trying to find herself aside from her psychic business. Hannah is struggling with an addiction to spending to help ease the pain of her marriage falling apart. Sydney’s dad steps in to ask for Hannah to come help out since Mitsy is in her own little world, not wanting face her daughter’s illness in a real way. Sydney is trying to deal with being a teen and having an illness. This is the adventure of Hannah going to help out Mitsy and Sydney.

This novel is beautifully written with such in depth characters that they feel real. This storyline deals with tough topics like illness, marriage, friendship, sisterhood and spirituality. It’s the story of four women who are trying to find their way when their world’s are each falling apart.

I received my complimentary digital copy of The Anesthesia Game by Rea Nolan Martin from the author, care of Booktasters. The views expressed are mine and of my own accord. This novel took awhile to get through because I didn’t want the story to end. This to me is the sign of an excellent story.

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Find Your Light: Practicing Mindfulness To Recover From Anything

This slim little book packs a punch. Barbara Conyers takes you on the journey of self discovery of what it means to practice mindfulness in your life. She saddles up the 12-steps along side going through what mindfulness is and isn’t. Ms. Conyers gives helpful exercises throughout the book to help you explore what being actively mindful is like. She also, shows how addiction plays a role in our lives and how being mindful of what addictions we have and how to confront them is vital.

Having read other books on mindfulness it’s great to see the exercise of deep breathing suggested. When I was sick a year or so ago, I would get anxious, but focusing on breathing deep helped calm me down. One exercise I need to incorporate into my life more is just sitting with my thoughts and emotions; knowing they will flow accordingly. They aren’t permanent, though my body thinks so because it goes into flight or fight mode. If you need a short book on my mindfulness then I do recommend this book.

I received my complimentary copy of Find Your Light: Practicing Mindfulness to Recover from Anything by Barbara Conyers from Hazelden Publishing, care of Smith Publicity. The views are of my own will and are mine.

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Maggie’s Ruse

Maggie and Marta are twins that are always together except for the time they went to camp as kids. Marta is the actress and Maggie is the painter. They share an apartment. Their mother remarried a rich man, so they are allowed to pursue their passions since they get economic outpatient care.

One day Marta and Maggie decide to play a twin prank on their guy friend, Josh, who likes Marta. They dress as alike with matching wigs. Josh thinks he’s chatting with Marta, but it’s really Maggie. When Josh kisses her, Maggie responds in kind. This display of affection angers Martha, but Maggie reminds her it was their idea to trick him. Due to this turn of events Maggie decides she needs space from Martha.

Maggie’s take off to stay with her old art co-op friend Leah in a small town not too, far from Maggie’s childhood home. She gets in a groove painting and feeling like Maggie finally has her own space. Marta back at home feels strange not having her twin home, but tries to adjust. Will Maggie and Marta clear the air regarding Josh?

This novel tackles the quandary of having a twin and being expected to get along and be similar, when in fact you are as different as days is from night. It’s about figuring out who you are a part from someone who understands you better than anyone else. I always wonder what it would be like to have a twin. It’d be instant best friend.

I received a complimentary copy of Maggie’s Ruse by Anne Leigh Parrish from Unsolicited Press, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are of my own accord and mine. To grab a copy via Amazon and to find out more about Anne Leigh Parrish. This book was fast paced in length, but had more of a mellow feel to the storyline.

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Life At 8mph

I dragged finishing Life At 8mph. I didn’t want this memoir to end. It was too, rich in life to have to get to the last page. This book will have you laughing about every page. The author has a way of describing a scene that is so vivid you just need popcorn while reading.

Peter was needing a new job and saw a job posting at his seminary. Little did Peter realize the adventure he was about to embark on part time. When he arrived to meet Richard he didn’t realize that Richard has Cerebral Palsy and is in a wheelchair. Richard didn’t let Peter escape with the, “I need to pray about if I should accept this job,” since Richard was a reverend of sorts, so he just offered they prayed together on the spot. This memoir is Peter’s journey helping Richard with seminary classes and day to day things. The adventures these two go on are hilarious, sobering and inspiring.

This book was so satisfying that I hope Peter will write a sequel. If you need a great book on the power of friendship then this is a wonderful book to splurge on, or gift to a new friend. Peter is not preachy, though there are Christian nuggets of wisdom sprinkled throughout this book.

I received a complimentary digital copy of Life At 8mph by Peter Bowling Anderson from KiCam Projects. The views expressed are mine and of my own choice. I can’t shut up about how much I love this memoir. Now all we need is Richard to write his memoir.

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Lost Child

I’ve read Torey Hayden books before. She is a child psychologist who writes books are about kids she’s helped who are extremely emotionally disturbed. This book I almost DNF’D 2x. Not because I wasn’t enjoying the book, but due to the shock factor of how the child of the story, Jessie talks and the subject matter. I’m also spiritually sensitive, so there were parts I almost felt spiritually attacked. I persevered to the end and I’m glad I did. This has to be the most EXTREME case of hers I’ve read.

I’ve never read a book about a person who has RAD: Reactive Attachment Disorder and Lost Child shows you what a child is like who has this disorder. The characteristics of this disorder are not for the faint of heart, or highly sensitive person. I’m an empath, hence why I reacted to the story stronger.

I received my complimentary copy of Lost Child by Torey Hayden from William Morrow, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own choice. This book is worth reading, though it should come with a warning on the cover with how graphic it can be. I still am a fan of Torey’s work and hope she’ll write another book soon. Thank you for sharing Jessie’s story and how lives can be changed when we choose to reach out and care.

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Six Goodbyes We Never Said

Two teens broken by loss and both struggle with anxiety in different forms. Dew uses a tape recorder to record different conversations and Naima counts the hexagons on her quilt to calm herself. One desperately wants to befriend the other, but trust is a commodity dolled out sparingly.

This novel deals with the loss of a parent and how it’s not easy to keep going, to allow other adults to take over the role of your parent. Dew is thrown into foster care where he acquires a sister, Faith. Naima lives with her grandparents after her stepmom leaves her there for the summer to visit like she does annually. Dew and Naima are neighbors. Can Naima be open to Dew’s friendship or will her anger at her dad for dying close her off to the help that is just a fence away?

The casts of characters in this novel are fun. I like how the author gave a fun nickname to Dew’s coffee shop boss as Sasquatch and his coworker Violet is a bubbly girl whose into new age. I also, think the name for the coffee shop is clever: Baked and Caffeinated.

I received my complimentary digital copy of Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger from St. Martin’s Press, care of NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own will. When I started this book I felt it was ok, but the deeper I got into the story of Dew and Naima the more I grew to love these two characters.

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Dare To See

This book cover does not do the meat of this book justice. Dare To See is a collection of vignettes from Katie’s life and how God has changed her life. Each chapter is unique and covers different subjects from fitting in at school growing up, to being single and buying your own home, to going through the journey of adoption. Katie writes in such a way you feel as though she’s your best friend sharing with you.

If you are new on your Christian walk, a seasoned believer, or wondering what it all means this is a great book to pick out. Katie shares her faith through the different life stories she shares and doesn’t dumb it down, or go over your head. I found each chapter relatable to my own life and things I have gone through. I am at an interesting place in my faith. This book wasn’t Christianese in verbiage, which could have been triggering for me, so I’d even recommend it to those burnt by the church. This book is actually spiritually comforting.

I received my complimentary copy of Dare To See by Katie Brown from Faith Words. The views are mine and of my own will. I don’t have TV (shocking!), so I have never heard of Katie Brown and her TV show, but this woman of faith is the real deal. She is not showy, fake, but genuine in her love for God and her faith story is relatable. I have read a lot of Christian Living books and this one is a new favorite of mine. I look forward to reading more books by Katie.