My youngest sister is arriving today from Switzerland! We have a freezing rain alert here in the Quebec region, so I hope they de-ice the runway well. It's been brutally cold here the past week and we got lots of snow. I'm dreaming of beaches...
I made tiramisu yesterday for our family get-together today when my sister arrives. Looking forward to my mom's homemade ravioli. And of course my sister always brings delicious Swiss chocolate!
I'm anxious to read these goodies in my mailbox:
Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.
Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life - answers that will ultimately free them both.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
Life is a Cabernet: A Companion Wine Novella to The Winemakers by Jan Moran
Napa Valley, 1956: Years ago, after Juliana Cardona’s fiancé was killed in an army ambush, she didn’t know if she could ever find the strength to risk love again. Now Juliana, who has a passion for winemaking, is determined to build her own business as a wine publicist and create an independent life.
But when Juliana holds a press event in San Francisco, she meets a mysterious winemaker, Henri Laurent, who is everything she never thought she’d find again. However, Juliana is shocked to discover that Henri is hiding a long-buried secret that threatens to devastate their budding relationship.
This is a companion novella to The Winemakers, a full-length historical romance novel from St. Martin's Press.
Has writer's block or procrastination stopped you writing?
Is your inner critic sabotaging your success and making you think your writing is dreadful and no one would ever read it?
Imagine, no more procrastinating. No more interruptions. No more feeling you're not good enough to be the writer you long to be. No more conflicts with family. No more writer's block.
Awareness + Solution = Mind Hack
Rather than "feel good inspiration", 47 Mind Hacks for Writers takes you through the simple steps you need to shift your mindset so you can write on your terms.
We asked over 100 writers what their biggest obstacles were around writing. This book gives you a mind hack for each one.
DISCOVER 47 Mind Hacks that Will Make You a More Productive Writer
The book will help you:
- Put an end to writer's block… forever
- Uncover the real reason you're procrastinating and start writing today
- Discover a fun way to get your family to help you reach your writing goals
- Stop feeling like you're not good enough
- Shut down the overly-critical self-talk that holds you back
"Essential reading for writers ready to go pro." – Tom Morkes, CEO of Insurgent Publishing
You know what life hacking is, now it's time to hack your mind, get out of your own way and be the writer you know you can be.
These were free Kindle books:
There must be over a millions ways to say "I love you" or "I care about you", but with a single hug, even without words, you can simply feel it. This book is for toddlers, and encourages children and adults alike to try out all possible types of hugs. It's everyone's gain.
It took seconds for the sweet testers who accompanied the writing of this book to adopt these 15 ways of showing love, to give and receive it. And our testers are not alone. Recent studies reveal that Oxitocin, the most fun hormone available, also known as the Love Hormone, is released into our bodies when we hug.
Hugs are proven to have a generally positive healing and relaxing effect, since they increase calm and happiness, reinforce our self esteem, and support our sense of connection to those who are close to us. If you'd like to validate these studies, go ahead and hug.
This book was beautifully illustrated by Yuval Israeli, and it's the second creative collaboration between Yuval Israeli and Efrat Shoham.
The first book of the PERCEPTION trilogy, 17year-old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives with other equally beautiful people who have prolonged life-spans in the security of a walled city on the water. Tragedy tears Zoe from her perfect world when her brother Liam goes missing. It turns out that the only man who can help her, is the one who she should trust the least.
Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the Outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests their contributions to the increasing class gap. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe, and he has good reason not to trust her, but drawn by motives he doesn’t yet understand, he helps her take on the Outside.