Hate the Game by Holly Hall book review

So I have taken some time off from reviewing and have been reading for pleasure. Recently, I came across this book that immediately caught my attention and I was hooked from the first page. This must read book is called……………drum-roll-clip-art-clipartall-drum-roll-clip-art-640_350

Hate the Game by Holly Hall!!

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Hate the Game is a story about Ava, a relationship consultant by day,  single woman by night, who puts her heart into finding love for others. Ava, like all of us, has been hurt from a previous relationship and isn’t quite ready for love. So, you know what they say…..

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Sometimes when you least expect it, love comes right to your front door. It has never happened to me but I also do not live in an apartment building like Ava. Side note: one of things that made this book come to life for me is that it is set in the heart of Chicago. Coincidentally, I was actually in Chicago when I was reading this book, but lets get back to Ava…..Ava coincidentally runs into Theo in her apartment building one night after coming home from work.

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Ava is given an assignment at work that Theo’s career makes for an ideal opportunity for them to spend more time together and their relationship starts to bloom. However, nothing is as it seems……does love conquer all? You will have to read the book!

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This book is very well written and the story line is very exciting. I really enjoyed reading this book as it had a plot twist I didn’t see coming. I give this book four “sumo wrestlers”. See rating system here. You can purchase the book on Amazon and it is available for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

Special thanks for the author, Holly Hall, for giving me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My review is solely based on my opinions of the book and are 100% my own.

 

50 First Dates….the theme of my week!

I have been sharing my experiences with online dating starting with Are Book Boyfriends Dangerous to your Dating Life?, which brings me to this post. A great movie came out in 2004 starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler called 50 First Dates. If you have not watched it, I highly recommend it. The movie is about Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy (Drew Barrymore). They hit it off and Henry think he’s finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day. So every day he has to win her over and get a first date, which brings me to my week of my own 50 First Dates.

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For a girl that initially loathes first dates, I started looking at online dating with a different perspective and started using the tips and techniques I have learned in the books, Men Don’t Love Women Like You by G.L. Lambert and Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov (My book review will be coming soon!), and I am actually starting to enjoy this process.

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Since I already know that I am the bomb diggity and one hell of a catch, I don’t need to prove myself to any man but he needs to prove himself Wanda Worthy, which is no easy task!  The process starts like this: we start with the initial chat stage on the site, moving then to exchange of numbers, phone conversation and the planning of a “meet and greet”.

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A “meet and greet” is where we just initially meet, check for chemistry and then I decide if he is “Wanda Worthy” for an official first date. Meet and greets always happen in public places, I always drive myself and are limited to ninety minutes. As a single working mom with older kids that can stay home alone, this allows me to utilize my babysitter for longer subsequent dates. Win, Win!!!!

It is amazing what you can tell by a man just by what he choses for the first initial meet and greet. I have experienced the following acceptable meets:  the walk the river, the adult beverage bar, and the coffeehouse meet. That brings us to the “You just got your a$$ deleted” meets: the come by my house, the I will come over to your house, and the where can we have sex meet. Deleted, end of story.

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On the walk the river meet, we had Allen the Aviator. He was age appropriate, no kids, and retired from the military. Great conversation but was very Type A so I passed on him.

On the coffeehouse meet, we had Fabio the Floor Guy. He was age appropriate, no kids, Romanian with a sexy European accent, very attractive but he eventually wanted kids so I passed on him. Side note: Had I been in the market for a little bedroom fun, he would have been my choice!! 

Lastly,  the adult beverage bar meet with Coach Carter. He was age appropriate, has kids, employed, very attractive, and I actually liked this guy. We went out on three different times. Dates with him were different, they were natural, playful and FUN. I could be my silly self just so I could hear his adorable laugh and he was happy to oblige. But what did I do? I’ll tell you what I did! I got scared of being rejected and I pushed him away. Yes, I did. I let my fear of rejection control me.

WHY!?!? WHY?!? WHY!?!

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With that major slip up, I must go on and the search continues with tonight’s next meet and greet.

I can already hear RuPaul in my head…..

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Until Next Time!!!!!

XOXOXOXOOXOXOXOOXO

Jerk Magnet: A Guide to Demagnetize Book Review

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Synopsis from Amazon:

Jerk Magnet: A Guide to Demagnetize goes beyond help with jerk spotting and avoiding to look at the psychological reasons that cause one to become a Jerk Magnet in the first place. Clinical case examples show how ingrained personality patterns are a combination of tiny individually Charged Particles from the past that attract you (or your loved one) to the wrong person. Clinically proven, step-by-step instructions help people overcome the personality patterns that cause the attraction to Jerks. Help is finally here to demagnetize.

Jerk Magnet: A Guide to Demagnetize offers guidance and support to help you:

• Identify three categories of Jerk—The Player, the Meanipulator, and the Psychopath.

• Identify societal, familial, and environmental factors that contribute to becoming a Jerk Magnet

• Understand child and adolescent development to help children not only demagnetize but prevent the onset of Jerk Magnetism

• Uncover the mystery of the Jerk Magnet and help demagnetize with clinically supported methods to correct errors in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors

MY REVIEW 

I was very anxious to read this book as I felt that the book title described my life. I devoured the book in 24 hours.

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There’s a lot of good information in the book but I think it might have read easier had it been divided into two sections. The first section being about the jerk magnet “types” and the second section aimed towards parents who want to prevent their children from becoming jerks. No one wants their kids to treat others in this way.

I think the author could have expanded more on each subject if the book were divided up this way and it would have flowed a bit better. I found myself wondering did I miss a page or two?

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I know it is impossible to cover every type of “jerk” behavior and the author did a great job of addressing the jerks that are most likely to be physically abusive, which is extremely important especially to younger women and men, but I felt that the jerks I date weren’t addressed.

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The book also seemed to be geared towards younger women and left out women with established careers, children, etc. especially since the author discusses how our childhood influences our choices in men.

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Parents model relationships for their children and it would have been interesting for this to have been addressed. Maybe that will be in book two??????

Available at Amazon Here.

Author Bio:

Bill Bunn, D.O. is a board-certified psychiatrist, writer, musician, speaker, and educator with a unique professional path.

Prior to his medical training, he was an award winning full-time college English instructor and he has continued his passion for teaching as a physician and speaker. He sings, plays the guitar, and writes educational songs about mental health issues and medications. You may have seen his YouTube videos on the benefits of Prozac or the symptoms and treatment medications for Bipolar Disorder. Dr. Bunn continues to delight students and audiences with his energy, humor, and passion for medicine. His uncommon combination of humanities and science give him an accessible and original voice in the scientific community.

For the past 10 years he has been one of the primary psychiatrists for the Brigham Young University Student Health Center, which helped him become an expert on the issues facing adolescents and young adults today.

Author Website: http://drbillbunn.com/

I was provided this book for free by Word Slinger Publicity. I was not asked to leave a review. My review is based upon my personal experiences of reading the book and are my opinions alone.

Live Life On Purpose by Rachael L. Thompson Virtual Book Tour

 

 

Book Genre: Self-Help/ Career & Business Advice

Publisher: Mind Body & Spirit Entrepreneur

Release Date: September 29, 2016

Buy Link(s): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LDWGNOABook Description:

What is Your Life Purpose?

Are you looking to find the answer to the age-old question “What the hell should I do with my life”? Do you want to find work that simply makes you happy? Are you sick of dreading each day and only living for the weekends? If your current job situation does not bring you happiness but you do not know how to fix it, this book will help answer all of your questions. It will not, however, answer these questions in a typical fashion. It is not going to give you a personality test or an aptitude assessment. You’re not going to find a list of career or business options that you could try. This book dives much deeper than other typical career or business books you will find. The theory behind this book is that one must unlearn everything he or she has been taught before being able to authentically explore the best business or career choice.

How this book is different than typical career guides or business books: Clothing Analogy

Imagine you are asked to find one outfit to wear the rest of your life. Would you rather choose from a pre-filled closet or have your apparel custom-made? With other books, you are essentially looking in a closet full of different clothes and picking out the best option; it may not be your favorite color or fit just right but it will do. In this book, you will design your perfect ensemble

The book is structured into three parts:

The first section describes and gives examples of psychological concepts to explain how you have been shaped and exactly why you are in your current situation.

The second part is all about relearning how to live and think authentically. This is where you begin to explore and research, with fresh eyes, the best business or career choice for you.

The third part is focused solely on techniques that you can apply to assist in this process. Complex theories are broken down into simple steps, with examples to help explain how to apply these concepts in your own life.

Whether you want to find the perfect job, or start your perfect business, it will guide you through each step necessary to reach a life of happiness and fulfillment.

Sneak Peek at Everything that will be Covered:

Each of the following topics will be broken down into simple, easy-to-understand explanations and steps.

  • Psychological Learning Principals
  • Societal Norms and How They Affect You
  • Understanding Your Underlying Beliefs
  • Subconscious Structuring and Restructuring
  • Psychological Theories (Cognitive Bias, Distortions, Effects of the Ego)
  • Decision-Making Theories
  • Techniques to Explore Ideal Career or Business
  • Research Techniques
  • Goal Setting and Planning Strategies
  • Journaling Techniques
  • Affirmations
  • 6 Powerful Meditation Techniques (Mindfulness, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Imprinting Beliefs)
  • Visualization and Manifesting (Law of Attraction) Techniques
  • How to Find a Support System

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Do you ever wonder your purpose?




My Review of Walking in Grace with Grief by Della Temple

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My review today is going to be a little different as it is in two parts. First, my review of the book and my second post will be about my personal experiences while reading the book.

MY REVIEW

This is a self-help book about death and grief written by the author who experienced the loss of her son. The book talks about her journey and the things that helped her during this painful time, including meditations that helped her during the grieving process. These are included in the book as well. It is honestly and gracefully written to help others that have lost a loved one. At the end of the book, the author includes a way to contact her for additional information or learning, I thought this was very thoughtful. This book is 126 pages, is a fast read, and is laid out so you can easily go back to a particular part. There are a few things in the book that the author believes in that I personally do not, but with that being said, there are a lot more beneficial things in the book that do could help you in dealing with the loss of a loved one. I read this on my kindle, but this is one book I will get in paperback.

You can get your copy at Amazon.

Thank you to Mrs. Temple for gifting this book to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and are a reflection of my personal experiences while reading the book.

About the Author:

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Della Temple writes about melding the worlds of the physical and the metaphysical. She combines her love of anything analytical with her wide-ranging interest in quantum physics and the world of energetic healing. She is a certified Reiki Master and has studied clairvoyance and psychic healing at Boulder Psychic Institute. She believes that being psychic is a very natural state of being. It is a skill, just like playing the piano or singing on key. It takes a teacher, a willingness on the part of the student to be receptive to new ideas, and some time spent in practice.

Della invites the reader to experience opening to their intuition on the journey toward discovering their life’s purpose.

Visit her at http://www.dellatemple.com