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Delicious and Offbeat Recipes for Labor Day from George Geary @ChefGeary

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Foodie Reviews

Award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator George Geary celebrates the weird and wonderful foods sold at state and county fairs with his new book, Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State and County Fairs (Santa Monica Press/August 2017). This illustrated cookbook features 120 recipes of some of the most interesting and unusual foods served at fairs across the USA.

I was provided a review copy of the book  by George Geary from The Trina Kaye Organization/Lifestyle Public Relations. I was not required or obligated to publish a review. All opinions are my own. Recipes and photos used by permission. See my disclosure to read more about why I post articles like this on my blog.

Summer is Not Over Yet!

The summer season is a time for ice cream, trips to the beach, and . . . state and county fairs! The food selection at state and county fairs is now more diverse and delicious than ever before, ranging from timeless classics like apple pie and corn dogs to new inventions like spicy peanut butter and jelly cheeseburgers and fried Coca-Cola®!

Would you like to try making some of these crazy creations or even some timeless classics at home? Get the book for your pure enjoyment, the photos are amazing and it is a great “show and tell” book, but you can also use it to wow your guests when you follow the recipes.

Would you like to know how to make Deep-Fried Oreos®? Here is how George does it! 

 

 

FAIR FOODS: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s
State and County Fairs
By George Geary
Santa Monica Press/August 2017
Hardcover/$24.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-59580-093-0
“For 28 seasons, I was involved in the largest county fair in the country: the Los Angeles County Fair,” says Geary. “During that time, I watched as the focus of the fair moved from blue ribbons and homemade pie bake-offs to the rows and rows of vendors that now hawk crazy food combinations. Around 1980, ‘classic’ fair food began to evolve from cotton candy and snow cones to bacon-wrapped doughnuts fried in pork belly fat. Not all the food sold at the fair is fried, but the motto of today’s county fair might as well be ‘Just Fry It!’”
Fair Foods highlights not only the new culinary “classics” at state and county fairs, but also longstanding favorites. Some of the recipes in the book include:
  • Maple and Bacon Doughnuts
  • The World’s Gooiest Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Caramel Kettle Corn
  • Fried Sweet Potato Sticks
  • Ten-Pound Cheese Buns
  • Triple Cheeseburger Doughnuts
  • Cheesecake on a Stick
  • Chocolate-Encased Bacon
  • Deep-Fried Twinkies®
  • Fried Coca-Cola®
  • Deep-Fried Oreos®
  • Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots with Dill Dipping Sauce
  • Firehouse Chili with Peppers
  • Grilled Pork Chops on a Stick
  • Spicy Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheeseburgers
  • Egg Cream
  • Funnel Cake with Berries
  • Old-Fashioned Salted Pretzels
Each page of Fair Foods is illustrated with photographs of America’s most beloved fair foods, as well as vintage and contemporary images of rides, attractions, and nostalgic ephemera from the fair.
Fair Foods captures the joy and spirit of America’s greatest county fairs. You don’t have to wait for fair season to make these wacky and wonderful foods—now you can enjoy them all year long!
About the Author
George Geary is an award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, George is a Certified Culinary Professional, and was recently chosen as the Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is perhaps best known for creating all the cheesecakes for The Golden Girls and other top-rated television programs.
George has worked as a critic and/or judge for ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, Hell’s Kitchen, Supermarket Superstar, and many other popular television shows. He also teaches cooking classes aboard Holland America Lines.
For over thirty years, Geary has been a culinary contest judge for such major food manufacturers as Canola Producers, Veg-All, Hormel Foods, the Hershey Company, Knott’s Berry Farm Foods, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Fleischmann’s Yeast, the San Diego Union Tribune, ABC News, and many more. From 1982 to 2010, George was the culinary coordinator of the Los Angeles County Fair.
George is the author of L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants, as well as nine cookbooks including The Cheesecake Bible, The Complete Baking Cookbook, and 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes. He is a frequent guest on national and local television and lives in Los Angeles.

Up for a Challenge?

My son and husband love to try making their favorites from restaurants and events that we attend. One of the things they have enjoyed making is fried pickles. We try them everywhere we have been that serves them. My son thinks he has perfected a recipe of his own. Maybe he will be up for a challenge against Chef Cleary’s recipe! Here it is:
Recipe reprinted from FAIR FOODS: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State and County Fairs
by George Geary
Santa Monica Press/August 2017
FRIED PICKLES
The hot, crunchy pucker of these fried pickles is like no other flavor you can imagine. Pair with ketchup or mustard.
Serves 4
24 oz. dill pickles, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. seasoned salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ tbsp. hot sauce
¾ cup water
canola oil
Special Supplies:
Stockpot
Candy/deep fry thermometer
Paper towels
Drain dill slices on paper towels. Refrigerate until ready to use.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add hot sauce and water to make a runny paste.
In a stockpot, heat 1 ½ inches of canola oil over medium heat to 375°F.
Dip pickle rounds into the batter to coat all sides. If the batter is runny and doesn’t stick to the pickle, add additional flour. If it is too thick, add hot water.
Using a slotted spoon, lower the battered pickles into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds, turning over halfway through.
Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
Do you like fried pickles or deep fried oreos?
Have you dared to try these items at the county fair?
Let me know if you try the recipe!

Paying for Perfect Grades with Pills by Joy Stephenson-Laws @_pHLabs

Posted on April 10th, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Guest Post, Inspiring Adventures

Campus stimulant abuse: Paying for perfect grades with pills

Guest Post By Joy Stephenson-Laws, founder of Proactive Health Labs (pH) and her medical team

Parents are expressing growing shock over the frequency of drug use on American college campuses. And we are not talking about illegal drugs, but legal, prescription ones. Stimulants, commonly prescribed for attention-deficit disorder, are finding their way into the hands of students with perfect mental health. A recent study titled Under Pressure: College Students and the Abuse of Rx Stimulants found that 1 in 5 college students (20 percent) report abusing prescription stimulants at least once.

Why would students take medicine they don’t need?

Many are doing it because they believe it will help them study or outperform their classmates. Stimulants work by getting into the brain and forcing the release of neurotransmitters: dopamine, which increases motivation; serotonin, which improves mood and has a calming effect; and norepinephrine, which creates an activated “fight or flight” brain and cardiovascular response, increasing alertness. Students with prescriptions often sell or give pills to their classmates.

The names of these drugs include:

  •          Adderall (amphetamine)
  •          Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine, turns into amphetamine in the body)
  •          Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, Quillivant (methylphenidate)
  •          Provigil, Nuvigil (modafinil)
  •          Focalin (dexmethylphenidate)

Stimulant drugs are less potent than the stimulant cocaine, but much more potent than caffeine. All share similar side effects such as:

  •          Insomnia
  •          Poor appetite
  •          Digestive problems
  •          High blood pressure
  •          Racing heart
  •          “Crashing” afterward (releasing all those neurotransmitters early has its consequences)
  •          Addiction potential

Certain risk factors for stimulant abuse have been identified in young people. Risk factors include:

  •          Membership in the Greek system (fraternities and sororities)
  •          Having some (but not necessarily all) of the symptoms of ADHD
  •          Alcohol or marijuana use
  •          Academic difficulties

While many students who abuse stimulants are indeed healthy, some of them may actually be suffering from undiagnosed ADHD and “self-medicating” with stimulants as well as alcohol and marijuana.

Parents and students can work to prevent unnecessary use of stimulants. Colleges do not want to create an environment where “everyone” needs to use stimulants to keep up. It may be important to identify nutritional deficiencies that may lead to ADHD. Such deficiencies can be uncovered by appropriate testing. Optimizing exercise, nutrition and sleep always enhances cognitive performance, while getting prompt professional evaluation for any persistent difficulties studying can catch ADHD, depression or other mental difficulties early so that students can get help rather than rely on the dorm “drug dealer.”

Enjoy Your Healthy Life!

The pH professional health care team includes recognized experts from a variety of health care and related disciplines, including physicians, health care attorneys, nutritionists, nurses and certified fitness instructors. To learn more about the pH Health Care Team, click here.

Joy Stephenson-Laws is the founder of Proactive Health Labs (pH), a revolutionary health care company that provides tools needed to achieve optimal health. Her new book, Minerals – The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy [Proactive Health Labs, Inc., 2016] is available through Amazon or wherever books are sold. All proceeds from the book will be donated to The Bili Project Foundation, an organization devoted to reducing the incident and improve the outcome of Hepatobilary cancers, which are cancers of the liver, gallbladder, or bile ducts.  Connect with Proactive Health Labs on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and at www.phlabs.org.

 

Note from Miz Meliz:

I have the pleasure of interviewing Joy Stephenson-Laws on Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz on May 23, 2017! Please join us to learn more about her book, her life, and what inspires her on her journey! See it on BubblrMedia on Facebook.com/MizMelizLA

This article was provided by and posted with permission from Smith Publicity for the purpose of promotion and review of the book by Joy Stephenson-Laws. I received a copy of the book for review purposes. I am not being paid for the review or interview. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure statement for details on why I post articles like these on my blog. Thanks!

Without Explanation: A True Story of Love and Loss in the Jungle @RodJasmer

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz

Without Explanation: A True Story of Love and Loss in the Jungle
by Rod Jasmer
HEARTBREAKING MEMOIR BY SHELL-SHOCKED WIDOWER RECALLS ADVENTURE, FEAR, CHAOS, DOUBT AND REINVENTION   
            It was going to be the trip of a lifetime. An enchanting trek through the Guatemalan jungle, viewing the mystical Mayan Ruins, a breath-stealing sunset from atop an ancient temple, a magical entourage of a million fireflies. Then suddenly, this wonderful adventure became a nightmare. This is just the start of Without Explanation: A True Story of Love and Loss in the Jungle (March 21, 2017) by Rod Jasmer.
            Adventurer, geologist and single father of three, through Without ExplanationJasmer shares intimate thoughts, devastating real-world incidences, and heart-breaking single-parent challenges that will hit home with anyone who has ever loved someone with all of their heart. Baring his soul as he details what it means to tragically lose the love of your life, he outlines a roller coaster of hope and despair that would span the longest days of his life. As he and his friends frantically fought for his wife Valerie’s life, they found themselves far from the necessities most of us take for granted at home—a familiar language, state of the art medicine, government allies and more. Meanwhile, three children were thousands of miles away, tucked in their beds, blissfully unaware of the desperate fight to save their mother’s life. 
“Writing Without Explanation has been cathartic for me,” shares Jasmer. “As I continue to process the events and the great loss of life I have felt over the years, the raw emotions surge and I assume the burdens once again and am haunted when I think about the void my children have faced growing up without their mother. But perhaps others will find solace and strength through the description of this ordeal. The very fact that you are reading this reassures me that memories of Valerie will endure.”
Without Explanation was lovingly, yet painstakingly, produced over thirteen years to include a story of anticipated adventure and remarkable courage, of heartache and disbelief, and of hope and fear. Yet, at its very core, is a life-altering tragedy and a story of love and devotion. In fact, amid the heart-breaking twists and turns, there were encounters with brave and selfless people who made a lasting impression during this horrific time.
Each chapter of Without Explanation is chilling and raw. The book shares a voyeuristic look into the chaos that hit Jasmer in the jungle of Guatemala and the challenges that awaited his new life back home in America. It also includes illustrations that depict special places and objects to Jasmer and his wife.
The following is an excerpt from Without Explanation, “A horrible grief weighed on my body and those of my companions. I wanted to go back to last night, back to my old life. My mind was easily drawn into “if only” scenarios: if only we would have done this or if only we had not done that. An atrocious sorrow was just below the surface, inviting me to give in to its vastness. I tried to temper these feelings by thinking about getting Val’s body out of the hospital and back home as soon as possible. Though sobbing and mourning were part of each minute, I needed to do more than just sit and cry. Thoughts of my children and possible dramatic changes in their lives flooded into my mind. Consequences for my children were painfully difficult to comprehend.”
Rod Jasmer grew up on one of the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, where he remained to complete high school and his undergraduate degree. He eventually moved to Idaho to continue his study of geology. It was there that he met his future wife, Valerie. In late 1987 they married, he received his graduate degree, and within a few months they packed almost all of their combined possessions into six suitcases and moved to Australia on permanent resident visas. They traveled extensively during their time Down Under, including an extended five-month overland trek throughout Southeast Asia. Upon their return to America, they started a family, and their three children were born over the succeeding five years.
Jasmer’s professional career includes purchasing and starting a number of companies, and he currently works as an environmental and business consultant to Union Pacific Railroad and other national clients. After the death of his wife in 2004, travel and adventure continued to be a pastime for this single dad. Jasmer spends as much time as possible outdoors, doing most any activity the four seasons allow. He splits his time between living in Linwood, Minnesota, and Park City, Utah.
Learn more about Jasmer and Without Explanation at RodJasmer.com
Without Explanation: A True Story of Love and Loss in the Jungle is available on Amazon and through other fine booksellers. 
The above book release was provided to me by Smith Publicity and is posted with permission. I was not paid to post this. Please see my Disclosure Statement for more details on why I post articles like this.

Dare to be Kind with Gabriella van Rij on Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz @GabriellavanRij

Posted on January 17th, 2017 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures

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In this episode of Inspiring Adventures, Gabriella van Rij shares her steps that anyone can do to make kindness a habit. We have an amazing open discussion about kindness, tolerance, communication pitfalls, navigating our overly reactive society, how to become better and kinder communicators, and much more on our “Inspiring Adventure” together.

 

“As a toddler, I was plucked from a Catholic orphanage in Pakistan. Without the determination of two strangers, I would not have made it to my adoptive family. Today, I ask this question: Will you pick up the ball of Human Kindness® and be a hero to someone who needs your help?” ~Gabriella van Rij

 

Connect with Gabriella here:

Website: http://gabriella.global/

 

 

A 4-Step Process For Making Kindness
An Everyday Habit In 2017

Research has shown that being kind makes us happier and also is contagious, inspiring others to be kind as well. For example, one such study published in the Journal of Social Psychology linked performing acts of kindness to an increase in life satisfaction.

That’s why as people make their resolutions for the coming New Year, they should make up their minds to commit purposeful acts of kindness every day, says Gabriella van Rij (www.gabriella.global), a kindness activist and author whose latest book is Watch Your Delivery.

“Making kindness a habit changes lives – your own life and others,” van Rij says. “I believe we’re born with innate kindness, but we’ve just forgotten about it because we’re always running. We’re just too busy doing other things and we need to remind ourselves to be kind.”

She says we as a society have dropped the ball on human kindness and it’s time we picked it back up.

“I truly believe that we are all born with innate kindness, but then the hand that feeds us or the environment makes us abandon it pretty fast,” van Rij says. “By the time we are 5, we have learned to compete and to strive for success. It’s time for a new measuring stick for success.”

She says by following a four-step process, people can put a little more kindness in the world and quickly fall into the habit of committing kindness every day:

• Be kind to yourself. It’s hard to have the patience to be kind to others if we can’t even take the time to be kind to ourselves. “This might seem selfish, but it’s not,” van Rij says. “By being kind to ourselves, we shape our attitude toward others.”
• Answer rudeness with kindness. This one is difficult, van Rij acknowledges. “When someone is rude to you, the first thing you do is instantly react and not always in a positive way,” she says. “And the second thing you do is say it’s about me. They were nasty to me.” But van Rij says it’s not about you, it’s about the emotion. By answering rudeness with kindness, you diffuse the situation and there’s also a certain satisfaction in seeing the change in the attitude of the person who was rude.
• Watch your delivery. The tone that accompanies your words is as important as what you are saying. Do you need to soften your tone? Does what you say sound more aggressive than what you mean? Body language also can send a message you didn’t intend, so be aware of your body language and your facial expressions.
• Acknowledge kindness when you see it. When you acknowledge the kind acts you see, that person will be encouraged to continue to spread kindness. Acknowledging kindness in others also will serve as a reminder to you about how you can show kindness.

“Unfortunately, one of the reasons we don’t always treat each other well is that we are a fear-based society, and fear only breeds more fear,” van Rij says. “But luckily there is an antidote because just as fear breeds more fear, I believe kindness grows more kindness.”

About Gabriella van Rij

Gabriella van Rij (www.gabriella.global) is a speaker, author and activist whose latest book, Watch Your Delivery, explores how we often fail in communicating. She began her life as an orphan in Pakistan, and today is a frequent guest on TV and radio. She also is the author of I Can Find My Might and With All My Might.

Dare to be Kind with Gabriella van Rij on Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz https://smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz #onSmiletime

Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz featuring Dream Big author @KatKronenberg

Posted on January 10th, 2017 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures, Interview

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Be Empowered by Dreaming Big with the Inspiring Kat Kronenberg

on Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Kat Kronenberg is a debut children’s book author living in Austin, Texas. As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, her hope and dream is that through reading we can encourage one another other to “follow our bliss,” stay in the arena fighting for our dreams, and allow joy and fulfillment to be our internal GPS.

In addition to spreading her message through her children’s book Dream Big, she also provides interactive games that promote positive thinking, Common Core aligned discussion and project guides, and free downloadable activity sheets at www.katkronenberg.com.

Dream Big (Greenleaf Book Group, January 2017) will be available from Amazon as of January 10, 2017 and other booksellers nationwide.

More information about Kat Kronenberg can be found at www.katkronenberg.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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I look forward to meeting anyone who believes in helping others to Dream Big! I can’t wait!
We will discuss a lot of topics such as:
• How Kat decided loss wasn’t going to stop her from believing in her dreams, and how dreaming big actually helped her cope
• How games and activities—like drum circles, dream catchers, riddles, and songs—can help children realize their power within and from nature
• Why it’s important to help children become empowered by their dreams, no matter how big they may be
• How can we help children develop an attitude of gratitude
• How we can help children learn from nature—one of our greatest teachers
• How proceeds from her book Dream Big will benefit the Me to We organization, an incredible group that shows how one person can make a difference. Started in 1995 by a 12-year-old boy, this youth-empowered worldwide movement seeks “to educate, engage, and empower young people as agents of change.”

Be Empowered by Dreaming Big with the Inspiring Kat Kronenberg https://smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz #onSmiletime

Interview with Carew Papritz Author of The Legacy Letters @CarewPapritz

Posted on December 21st, 2016 by & filed under Books, Connecting People, Everything Miz Meliz, Interview, Passions, Tinsel Town Live 2016

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Help me welcome Cowboy Carew Papritz, author of The Legacy Letters on Tinsel Town Live https://smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz #onSmiletime

Tinsel Town Live with Miz Meliz Presents:

Author of The Legacy Letters, Carew Papritz

Wednesday, December 21, 2017, 6:00 pm Pacific Time

Carew is passionate about living the central message of his inspirational book, The Legacy Letters, by living life to the fullest. As a result, he’s done book signings on top of volcanoes, on horseback at Barnes & Noble, on whistle-stop book tours on Amtrak, while river rafting, on top of the Space Needle, outside The Today Show, and next to Niagara Falls!

carew-papritz-photo-low-resCowboy Carew, as he likes to be called, has created such national events as “The Great Legacy Letters Book Balloon Launch” in which kids sent aloft miniature versions of my book by balloon and then tracked how far they traveled. The event also helped such charities as The Make-a-Wish Foundation, Reading is Fundamental, and the Military Mama Network by creating a world record!

With his background of working on feature films in Hollywood, Papritz has created a number of YouTube videos series that help promote kids to read more.  One series called, “I love to read and . . .” has him reading The Legacy Letters while actually doing various activities such as skiing over a cliff, riding a horse, walking up to a castle, and much more! He loves a good adventure!

3d_book_comp_5awards-lo-res-pngIn the spirit of the book, Carew has done TV and radio interviews that include such topics as, “How to write the Perfect Love Letter for Valentine’s Day,” “How to Get Your ‘i-Kid’ Back to the Holiday Table,” “How to Create the Perfect Gap Year,” “How the Olympic Games Made Me an Award-Winning Author,” “How to Reconnect with Family in This Technology-Drenched World,” and the incredibly cute, “How to Write the Perfect Letter to Santa Claus!”

“If I get to walk my talk, live my book, and inspire people to do the same—while being outdoors—then I’m a happy man!” ~Carew Papritz

book-balloon-launch-bostonCowboy Carew Papritz really loves sharing with the world the inspirational stories that people have revealed to him about their lives from their reading “The Legacy Letters.”  H finds their stories to be moving, heart breaking, fantastical, and soul humbling.  He also loves talking about how kids can be inspired to read more by making reading seem more cool and exciting with his book adventures.

Connect with Cowboy Carew Here:

Website: http://www.carewpapritz.com

You Tube: http://bit.ly/CarewPapritz_Official_YouTube_Channel_Subscription

Amazon: http://bit.ly/Amazon_TheLegacyLetters

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelegacylettersofficialpage/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carewpapritz

LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carewpapritz

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carewpapritz

Farewell Tinsel Town  – Hello Inspiring Adventures!

Carew had this idea when we first planned doing an interview together…he wrote on my form:

“A suggestion:  How about doing a special video segment where we walk the streets of Hollywood, Sunset Blvd area, UCLA, and/or other areas while talking about my transition from UCLA Film School, working on features, music videos, and commercials to then becoming a working cowboy in Arizona while writing a multi-award winning book?  Might be a fascinating segment.  Let me know what you think?”

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I was wowed by this idea! Carew seemed to have an insight about the direction I wanted to go with my interviews. So, we will be walking and talking on my first interview in a new series: Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz. Watch for it in late February 2017.

Thank you to everyone who allowed me to interview them on Tinsel Town Live this year. It really is my very own passion project. I love doing it and I am looking forward to seeing how it will grow and flourish in 2017 as part of A Year in Bloom! with love and gratitude, Melissa @MizMeliz

Meet Raychel Kubby Adler on Tinsel Town Live @tweet4wellness

Posted on December 13th, 2016 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Interview, Life Coaching, Tinsel Town Live 2016

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Interview with Raychel Kubby Adler author of Life in Asymmetry @tweet4wellness

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Raychel Kubby Adler

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:00 PM Pacific Time

Join me for an interview with the inspiring Raychel Kubby Adler, as she shares her story with me on Tinsel Town Live.

Raychel loves to swim, see live music, exercise, play with her kids and family, enjoy time with friends, read, dance, laugh and live a hopeful life.

lia-cover-picI am looking forward to talking with her a bit about her recently published memoir, Life in Asymmetry, which is about her experience living with genetic breast cancer.

Raychel has a masters degree in Public Health and has been a health educator since 2000.  She is a certified Wellness Coach and fitness instructor and loves to talk about how to live life to the fullest. (My kind of gal!)

Let me know if you have aby questions for Raychel about:

  • health/wellness
  • genetic cancer
  • living a hopeful life
  • parenting
  • breast cancer “previving”

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Connect with Raychel Here:

Web          www.raychelkubbyadler.com

Tweet        @tweet4wellness

Instgrama          @choicepointwellness

Facebook   RaychelKubbyAdler.Writer

In “Life in Asymmetry,” author Raychel Kubby Adler educates women on the steps they can take to prevent or overcome breast cancer, especially if they have rare genetic mutations. Kubby Adler uses personal experiences, scientific research and genetic science to show what happens when your genes make you highly susceptible to breast cancer and other diseases.
Kubby Adler is the holder of the BRCA2 gene mutation, “previvor” of cancer and spends much of her professional and personal life researching health risks and educating the population about them.

Interview with Body Punishment Author Maggie Simone @maggieLsimone

Posted on November 29th, 2016 by & filed under Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching, Tinsel Town Live 2016

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Tinsel Town Live Interview with Maggie Lamond Simone https://smiletime.com/channel/mizmeliz #onSmiletime

Meet Maggie Lamond Simone

Facebook Live: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:00 PM Pacific Time

Mental health awareness, shame, stigma…who wants to talk about that? Well, I do. Maggie does. And we should be talking about it because people are dying in our country. Our kids are dying and they need our help.

“I’d like to talk about the silence and stigma surrounding mental health issues, illustrated on an adult level in my book, “Body Punishment,” and on a younger level by my 15-year-old daughter, who has OCD and severe anxiety and talks to younger kids about it.” Says Maggie Lamond Simone.

We will also talk about what is next for Simone. Maggie is already beginning her next project, which will be a collection of essays written by teens with mental health issues for their peers.

Maggie Lamond Simone is an award-winning columnist and author. With two titles already to her name, her third book, Body Punishment: OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal (Central Recovery Press) was released in April 2015. It traces Simone’s journey struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression. Her writing has been featured in multiple publications and collections, including Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Zen of Midlife Mothering(2013), Not Your Mother’s Book on Do-It-Yourselfers (2013), P.S. What I Didn’t Say (2009), and Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Resolution (2008).  Simone has been a guest on NPR and is a regular blog columnist for the Huffington Post. An an adjunct professor in the department of communications at SUNY Oswego and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, she lives in Central New York with her husband and two children.
For as long as she can recall, Maggie Lamond Simone has been plagued by self-loathing and urges to harm herself physically while emotionally sabotaging her life. In Body Punishment:  OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal (Central Recovery Press, April 2015), she reveals it all. The obsessive thoughts that drove her to cut, starve, pick, drink, pluck, purge, and otherwise hurt herself. The profound shame, the utter despair and the confusion over her own inner workings that prevented her from establishing stable, long-term goals and healthy relationships.  Through this poignant story of her painful, eye-opening journey she explores the issues of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression that commonly occur with OCD, all in an effort to further the dialogue around mental illness and eliminate the shame and help others find a way forward toward healing.

Connect with Maggie here:

www.maggielamondsimone.com

http://www.Facebook.com/maggielamondsimone2

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“Tinsel Town Live” featuring Best Selling Authors of #PetsinSpace @paulinebjones @vscotttheauthor

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Even aliens need a pet to love!

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 Did you know there are pets in space? Haven’t you heard about Pets in Space!, the new anthology of stories spearheaded by Pauline Baird Jones and Veronica Scott?

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Pets in Space

Get it now on Amazon!

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world
and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and
romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they
touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered
creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same
after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars
shine just a little less brightly?
New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have
eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving
readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy
charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the
way you look at your pet!

10% of profits from the first month go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs
raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to
improve quality of life and restore independence.

A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT

By S.E. Smith (New York
Times/USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets
more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine,
goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission
on an unknown planet called Earth.

STRAY

By Susan Grant
(New York Times/USA Today Bestselling, and RITA Award Winning Author)

Interplanetary Marine Lt. Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named
Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the
odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Capt. Carlynn Riga. The
tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with
PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than
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when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine
partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found
worth fighting for?

SPARK OF ATTRACTION

By Cara Bristol (USA
TODAY Bestselling Author)

Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a
cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized
young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.

STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY

By Veronica
Scott

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her
alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the
dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman
whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become
more interesting – and deadly.

THE REAL DRAGON

By Pauline Baird Jones
Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss,
her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at
least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. That’s what happens when
you forget something very, very important. Luckily for her, she’s got the love of her
life that she can’t remember and her dragon by her side. Who needs to worry when
you’re having a day like this?

STARDOG

By Laurie A.
Green

Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a
starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street
vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he
suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw
of a brewing insurrection.

SPIKE

By Alexis Glynn
Latner

On Tinsel Town Live, I will ask them to tell me all about this incredible project.
Let me know of any questions you might have for these stellar authors. Here are a few things I plan to ask them:
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How did the idea of pets in space come to you and how did the project evolve?
What is so special about companion animals?
What is science fiction romance?
What made you choose to benefit a charity that helps our military/Veterans?
Tell us about Hero Dogs! (http://www.hero-dogs.org)
mobymidorriI am also excited to learn about the sketches of the pets by Nyssa Juneau, she was the independent artist for the sketches for each story, and get the background on the cover artist and why the anthology is dedicated to him and his own dog. https://www.facebook.com/vikkasb?fref=ts
We will talk about this and so much more when we meet the authors of Pets in Space, Veronica Scott and Pauline Baird Jones on a special episode of Tinsel Town Live on Monday, November 7th at 6:00 pm Pacific time.
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A Classic Interview with Keith Hemstreet @GannonAndWyatt

Posted on October 17th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Travel

Meet author, Keith  Hemstreet and learn about his newest book, Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Hawaii

 When I was asked to review Travels with Gannon & Wyatt:Hawaii  I thought, Oh cool! I would love to go back to Hawaii someday, it will be fun to review a travel book. I didn’t realize at first that I was being asked to review a young adult/middle school book. Yet, it still sounded interesting to me, and after all it was about Hawaii. So, I read on…

This and previous volumes in the series are written in the style of journals kept by famous explorers – both to engage middle graders in science and to make for a fast, dramatic read about the cultures. The stories set in Botswana, the Great Bear Rainforest, Egypt, Greenland, Ireland and now, Hawaii, share the experience of seeing these special places first-hand. Authors Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet love to talk about why it’s so important for kids to learn about these places and people.

In Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Hawaii, readers soon learn that the big island Hawaii has four the of five major climate zones on earth; that Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano, is both sacred and one of best locations in the world to view stars; and that the island is known as the bird-extinction capitol of world with 70% of its birds now extinct. It also quickly becomes clear how important the history, culture and language is to the Hawaiian people –and how that’s increasingly at risk. Hemstreet called Hawaii, “one of my favorite locations because of the environmental diversity and rich culture.”

He said, “In each book the main characters have an adventure with people from different cultures, who have different beliefs and lifestyles. We’ve also found everywhere we go, the indigenous people are talking about climate change and telling us what is happening in their part of the world. We aren’t looking to take sides, but to convey ‘this is what is happening, this is how the traditional inhabitants of this land feel about it, and this is how these changes may affect things long term.’ We do everything we can to share what we’ve seen and experienced with readers. In addition to the books, we have a website where we blog about our experiences and share our photos and videos. We also utilize social media to share news and run contests that include prizes from places we’ve been.

I was sold. Not only on the book, but on the inspiration of the authors. I wanted to interview Keith and Patti and learn more about what motivates them to use their talent and affinity for learning about cultures to make a difference in the world. I scheduled an interview through their publicist. I received the book, I read the first few pages and I knew – this is something special. Then I got this email from Keith – – my heart sank a bit. I am always disheartened when someone cancels. It took a lot for me to overcome shyness and I know most authors would rather be pulled apart limb by limb by wild horses than be interviewed on a live talk show. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when I received this…

“Hi Melissa, First, thank you for inviting me on your show. Unfortunately, I am just back from speaking at schools and libraries in Wyoming and feeling under the weather. In lieu of a video interview tomorrow night, is there another format we could use, possibly an audio interview (if my voice holds) or a guest post/text interview on your blog? In fact, audio and text are my preferred interview formats, so I would be happy to do either or both. Also, should you wish to offer a give-a-way to your audience, I’ll send send you a free set of our middle-grade adventure novels (there are currently 6 in the series).”

These books were a welcomed surprise for the library at Chaminade College Prep Middle School!

These books were a welcomed surprise for the library at Chaminade College Prep Middle School!

It is my goal to connect with people and to learn from them, and there are many ways of doing this. It doesn’t always have to be on Tinsel Town Live – – and what better way, what more inspired and enriching way – could I get the most out of an opportunity to have a guest post from a seasoned author than to have his answers in written form – in his own hand – I believe that was a pure gift.

I received Keith’s response today, the exact date he said he would send them to me. I am over the moon excited about sharing this classic interview with you. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do!

Dear Keith,

Here are some questions I love to ask, and a few from a middle school student pal of mine…

What do you like to be called?

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What do you most want to share about yourself with my audience?
I am a Floridan by birth and graduated from Florida State University. I now live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and enjoy hiking into places where you’re more likely to see a bear or mountain lion than another human being. 
 
What motivated you to reach this point in your career?
Since I was young, I wanted to be a writer. Reading and writing are two of my greatest passions. Over the years, I have taken on a variety of jobs that moved me away from full-time writing, but even then I’d wake at 4:30 a.m. and work for 2-3 hours on something  a novella, a newspaper article or blog, a screenplay. It is all I’ve ever wanted to do, but to do it well takes years and years of practice. Same goes for any profession. I have been writing for over 20 years now and I am still learning. Patti Wheeler, who had the brilliant idea to create a travel/adventure series for young readers, was the primary motivator behind Travels with Gannon & Wyatt. Patti and I work hard to make sure each book in the series is action packed, entertaining and educational. Hopefully, these books will be around long after we’re gone, and the idea that they could be provides added motivation to do all we can to ensure each story will be appreciated for decades to come. 
 
What inspires you?
First, my wife and children. A child’s sense of wonder is a tremendous source of inspiration for me. I wake each day inspired to do my best for my family, to create an environment that is loving, supportive, creative. I’m also driven by a desire to do something good for the world while I am here. To contribute. To leave it better off in some way. Travels with Gannon & Wyatt addresses this desire, as each book brings the magic of nature and distant cultures to the imaginations of young people and their families. The series subtly promotes conservation, diversity, and global understanding. We hope readers will embrace these themes and be inspired to continue on their own journey of self discovery.  
 
How do you relate to your characters?
There are parts of Gannon and Wyatt’s personality that are similar to my own. Patti’s, as well. Their interests, on the whole, are also similar. Specifically their fascination with travel, cultures, and the environment. There are few things as thrilling as exploring a place you’ve never been. The characters embody this excitement in the books, and Patti and I can totally relate. Truthfully, the fictional characters are the sort of teenagers I always wanted to be. Curious, smart, and worldly. Avid readers and prolific writers. Both Gannon and Wyatt, and key characters they meet in each location, are also driven to do right and have strong family values. 
 
Are the brothers real?
While all the characters in the book are fictional, the main characters, Gannon and Wyatt, are very loosely based on two brothers of the same names. They are Patti’s twin sons, and have traveled to all of the places we write about in the books. Patti was a flight attendant for 15 years, just like the mom in the book. One of the great perks of working for an airline is that you and your family get to fly for free. So, their family has been traveling for some time. It’s in their blood. 
 
Do you incorporate your own life’s experiences from childhood and from your own travels in your writing?
Yes, we do. We travel to each location to do some research before writing the book. We hope that our extensive field research will add authenticity to our books, and it’s not unusual for some of our own experiences to make it into a manuscript.  Especially if something exciting happens. We do embellish, so again, the stories in the book are fiction, but in some instances they are based on our own experiences. The rhino encounter in our first book, Botswana, was based on a frightening experience we had in the Kalahari Desert. Sorry, I won’t spoil it. 
 
What is the most vivid memory you have of your travels?
Staring into the eyes of a lion in Botswana that was resting ten feet away from me, or watching a glacier calve in Greenland and being horrified by the size of the wave that came racing toward our boat. Entering King Tut’s tomb in Luxor, Egypt, or seeing a Spirit Bear materialize in the Great Bear Rainforest. Crossing paths with crocodiles the size of dinosaurs in the Australian Outback, or our expedition to the top of an active volcano in Iceland, or casually strolling the streets of Havana, Cuba. All of these experiences are etched in my mind forever. And, of course, everywhere we go we meet wonderful people and make new friends. Also, returning home to my wife and daughters, wrapping them all in giant hug, that’s as exciting to me as the trip itself.
 
What is your favorite travel destination to date?
I have truly loved every place I have visited, so it is hard to say. There are three island nations I was especially enamored with and hope to return to with my family — Greenland, Iceland and Cuba.  And having the opportunity to travel through South Africa, Botswana and Zambia was the thrill of a lifetime. Ireland is also hard to beat. Italy, too, because of the people, history, architecture and art, not to mention the country’s food, which is my favorite. I could go on.
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Why do you like to write?
Maybe it’s that writing allows me to use my imagination. It gives me the ability to create. With writing, there is a level of freedom and opportunity that is invigorating. Writing is all I ever really wanted to do. While it takes significant time and focus, it’s not really work to me. When I wake up in the morning, I can’t wait to sit down and start writing. 
 
What is your core value? When it comes to your passions and purpose in life?
Compassion. Acting with kindness and compassion in every day life. My wife and I always tell our daughters, the most important thing is to be kind. If you are a kind and caring person, a person who takes a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others, everything else in life will work itself out. 
 
Is there anything else you would like to share with me and my viewers?
Travels with Gannon & Wyatt has been described as a mix between The Hardy Boys and Indiana Jones, or Magic Tree House for slightly older readers. We intend to have a minimum of 12 books in the series, but hopefully we’ll have many more. Patti Wheeler and I speak at elementary and middle schools across the country, via Skype and in person. Teachers and librarians interested in a school or classroom visit can contact us through our website — GannonAndWyatt.com. Also be sure to follow us at Facebook.com/GannonAndWyatt
 
What promotion would you like to tell us about?
We are happy to give away a complete set of autographed Travels with Gannon & Wyatt books (there are currently 6 in the series) to one of your readers. You decide how to choose a winner, and we’ll ship a set of books to them.  [See details below on how you can win!]
 

These questions are from my friend and fellow blogger, Samantha, who is in the 7th grade:

What made you come up with the idea for Travels with Gannon & Wyatt?
Coauthor Patti Wheeler was a flight attendant for 15 years, so she and her husband traveled the world. When you travel, you learn lots of great things about the culture, environment, and wildlife of these places and Patti wanted to come up with a way to pass on all of that valuable knowledge to young people like yourself. So she and I started brainstorming and decided that a fictional adventure series would be the best way to do it.  
 
Is your book series about your own life?
No, although some scenes are inspired by our own experiences. We try to use a lot of what we see, learn and do while traveling in each book. 
 
What makes you use realistic places in your story rather than fictional places?
There are so many places on earth that are simply magical, as magical as any place of fantasy, if not more so. We want to bring the magic of these real places to young readers. There is a great big and wonderful world out there! We are fascinated by it and hope to capture a little bit of it in each book. 
Why did you put a page for notes in the back?
The stories are told through the journal entries of the main characters, Gannon and Wyatt. In part, this was done as a nod to the historic journals of famous explorers from the 1800s and 1900s. Explorers like Lewis & Clark. It was also done to encourage young people to keep a journal of their own. The lined pages in the back are for readers to write their thoughts or jot notes. When we speak at schools, we talk about the importance of reading and writing. The more you read and write, the deeper your understanding of the world, and the deeper you understanding of yourself. 

I can’t thank Keith enough for this fabulous insight into his and Patti’s process and for sharing his passion for travel and writing with me, Samantha, and our readers. I still hope to interview Keith and Patti on Tinsel Town Live – or perhaps, I will have a chance to meet them at school one day.

Connect with authors Keith Hemstreet and Patti Wheeler Here:

gannonandwyatt.com

facebook.com/GannonAndWyatt

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Please comment with any questions you may have for the authors, or myself. Please share any story of your own travels and adventures with us! We would love to hear from you.

Keith and Patti would like to send you a gift! A winner will be chosen randomly from those who Tweet the message below between now and Tuesday, November 15th and will be announced live on Tinsel Town Live with Miz Meliz on Smiletime.

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