Book Review

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!

Inspiring Adventures with Miz Meliz featuring Charles G. Hanna @hanna_higher

Posted on January 9th, 2017 by & filed under A Year in Bloom, Everything Miz Meliz, Inspiring Adventures

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Steps to Happiness with the Inspiring Charles G. Hanna

Featuring Charles G. Hanna, author of “Higher: Awaken to a More Fulfilling Life”

 

Charles G. Hanna is a highly successful CEO, philanthropist and author of the new book, Higher: Awaken to a More Fulfilling Life. Through his firsthand experience and his understanding of human nature, neuroscience, and life management, Charles, for the first time, is revealing his practical and achievable techniques, tips and tools so that everyone can find a cheerful outlook this year.
 
Eye-opening and insightful, Charles and I will discuss:
  • Simple exercises anyone can do to help center themselves and get into the groove of a new year
  • Perception Disorder: What it is and signs you may be suffering from it 
  • Reaching a Higher State: What this means, and his top techniques that anyone can apply to get there
  • Why he believes happiness is a way of thinking and not the result of great achievement
  • And much more!
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Charles G. Hanna is the Chairman, CEO, and founder of a third-party technology provider that he began in a basement in 1979 and built into a leading service consolidation company with offices across Canada. A devoted father of three children, Hanna is involved with a range of charities, including organizations that help with cancer treatment, Canadian artists, and displaced and handicapped people. He has a particular soft spot for children and animals, and contributes his personal time in various ways to youth shelter homes and animal shelter groups. He divides his time between Toronto and Los Angeles.
 
Connect with Charles on www.charleshanna.com and on Twitter, @hanna_higher.
 
Higher: Awaken to a More Fulfilling Life is available from Amazon and most major booksellers.higher-book-by-author-charles-hanna-book-cover

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

Posted on December 13th, 2016 by & filed under

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 Style Expert Jeanna Doyle Author of Wig Ed

Posted on December 5th, 2016 by & filed under

The holidays are a wonderful and joyous time to reconnect with friends and family but all those holiday gatherings can put enormous pressure on women to look their best. The good news is the holidays are also a great time to experiment with new hairstyles, stylish and trendy wigs, and camera-ready holiday inspired makeup.
Wig expert and veteran makeup artist Jeanna Doyle will be my featured guest to wow us with her tips and tricks for slaying the holiday season. She will show us how to be awesome by playing around with our personal style as well as:
  • Gorgeous cosmetic gifts to buy for women who are looking to expand their hair and makeup collection
  • How to buy a stylish and realistic wig, on any budget
  • Upcoming 2017 beauty trends – and how to make them your own
  • Specific hair and makeup tips for women who are going through chemotherapy
  • Advice for how to support women going through cancer treatments during the holiday season
We will also discuss her high-end stunning new book, Wig ED: What To Look For When Looking For a Wig.
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Jeanna Doyle has worked in both medical and advertising settings as a licensed cosmetologist and a medical aesthetic provider. She has advanced training in oncology esthetics, skincare and corrective makeup.

Jeanna’s work has led her from Vegas to Venice, and many places in-between. She works with actors and athletes, models and musicians, patients and politicians, as well as a former president and first lady of the United States.

In 2013, Jeanna started Suite HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Esthetically) – a 501c3 nonprofit – to help women with the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment. Additionally, Jeanna has developed the HOPE Method – the first internationally-recognized corrective makeup training approved by the International Society of Oncology Estheticians.

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Jeanna contributes corrective makeup and beauty articles for both medical and beauty industry giants. She also gives talks, often with live demos, for cancer patients, career-oriented women, and professionals in the beauty industry.

Tinsel Town Live featuring Lou Redmond @louspeakstruth

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:00 AM Pacific Time

I am looking forward to meeting this fascinating and inspiring man! Our values are aligned and I always find it remarkable when someone has an awakening at a young age. Any age younger than me is young, okay! We all have the propensity to learn these lessons if we pay attention. I believe that Lou is an inspiration because he listened. He reacted. He acted. Look at him now!

“I do yoga, read, and travel. This past 18 months I’ve been to 3 countries on travel retreats that focus on volunteering and adventure.

I’m currently working on finishing up my book project. It tells the story of my personal transformation and how I quit my 9-5 to pursue my passion. I’m also very passionate about meditation and working on creating ways to help people in their practice and promote it’s benefits.”

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Connect with Lou here:

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Instagram: @louspeakstruth

Youtube: Lou Redmond

Email: Lou@louredmondcom

Interview with Body Punishment Author Maggie Simone @maggieLsimone

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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.

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Interview with Anna N Schlegel author of Truly Global @annapapallona

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www.trulyglobalbusiness.com

Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time

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Anna Schlegal likes to swim, travel, go to the beach, hang out with her family, and watch Netflix! When she isn’t doing all of that awesome stuff – she is pretty much taking over the World! Well, she did just write the book, Truly Global, so I imagine taking over the world is on her bucket list! Let’s find out when we talk to her on Tinsel Town Live with Miz Meliz.

In Truly Global, Anna explains how companies can be really successful abroad, and see their business grow internationally. As a Senior Director of Engineering, she has just published, Truly Global – which, as she puts it, “explains all the pieces of the puzzle for an enterprise to enter international markets successfully.”

I don’t think I will ever be the corporate CEO I dreamed about being when I was taking Marketing 101 in community college in the 80’s – but, I do know that I can be my own boss and run an international business online. We are a global community and we live in a global economy. Even the beginning entrepreneur with hopes of making it big with a product or service that can be marketed abroad should learn about those pieces of the puzzle that fit together to spell s-u-c-c-e-s-s!

Anna’s book can be used by marketing professionals who want to see how all those pieces should fit together when operating a corporate globalization strategic team. However, her insights are meant to carry over to the classroom as topics for discussion and to explore models that have worked in high level Fortune 100 American enterprises. The small, succinct chapters are easy to read and come across like a guidebook. Join me as I discover more about Anna Schlegel and why she wrote Truly Global. Please submit any questions you might have for Anna in the comments.

Website: www.trulyglobalbusiness.com

Twitter: @annapapallona

anna-schlegel-1Whether it’s a desire to reach new markets, lower costs, or increase profits, more businesses are going global today than ever before. But while technology is allowing international barriers to crumble more quickly, that doesn’t mean globalization is easy. According to Anna Schlegel—dubbed “the first globalization innovator” by SDL/Fortune—most companies don’t understand what it takes for a product to be successful in multiple countries.

“There are a number of new disruptors that are impacting today’s globalization teams,” says Schlegel, author of Truly Global. “How we consume content is key. Consumers move from path to path with low attention spans, and this impacts the success of globalization activities. Enterprises must understand target markets, because their attention spans will continue to shrink.”

annaSchlegel discusses these topics and more as her book, Truly Global, sparks the conversation about going global:

  • The key actions a company must focus on to begin their path to global success
  • How to connect with consumers in different markets: the key to localization
  • The biggest challenges for every organization looking to expand culturally and globally
  • Her effective strategy for organizing employees to go global and work in a cohesive virtual team
  • Various models for enterprise globalization, how they work, and which style yields the best results
  • A global content strategy that will help your company localize to any number of markers and locations

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

Posted on November 7th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Tinsel Town Live 2016

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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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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.

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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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The #MandalaGuidebook a Review and Interview of Author Kathryn Costa @100Mandalas by Melissa Reyes

Posted on May 21st, 2016 by & filed under ART, Books, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching

May 21, 2016

I want to write a syrupy sweet message of love and admiration for Kathryn Costa, as I know you would enjoy reading that as much as I would enjoy writing it, however as a book reviewer and blogger I am going to go straight to the review of her amazing new book, The Mandala Guidebook.

The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art, by Kathryn Costa

13246091_10206221941562579_1465888781_nThis book could have made a beautiful coffee table book, or an instructional text book, however the author intuitively designed it to be a companion book. It seems to have been intended to carry in your book bag with your sketch book, adult coloring books, and magazines. At least that was the impression I got when I first opened the envelope and got my hands on the much anticipated guidebook by the influential and inspiring artist, teacher, mentor and, now author, Kathryn Costa. In my book bag it has traveled since that day.

Not your typical “how to draw” book, this colorful display of fine original paintings, designs, and drawings is breathtakingly beautiful and pleasantly enjoyable to peruse, gaze upon, and admire; while doing so one may gain inspiration and motivation to develop their own artistic skills and talents.

Aesthetically pleasant to hold and read, with it’s high quality pages and mesmerizing high definition photographs, The Mandala Guidebook is full of detailed instructions and in-depth information on what an artist would need to know to navigate their own mandala discovery. Deeply personal and thoughtful, Kathryn passionately shares her insights and expertise in The Mandala Guidebook, gently coaching and offering suggestions on ways that you can express yourself while enjoying the process of facilitating any level of participation in this ancient art form.

Clever, fun, delightful, and intensive, The Mandala Guidebook is the best introduction and go to manual for artists and art lovers at any point in their personal experience. Tapping into her background in Graphic Design, and over 15 years working with mandalas, Kathryn Costa brilliantly incorporates graphic design elements and principles gifting the reader with a visual literacy. As she brings them into the conversation, talking about what they see and what they can do, Kathryn demonstrates many methods offering a wide range of styles, techniques and mediums for creating beautiful mandalas.

Join Kathryn Costa for the Mandala Guidebook Launch Party

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I had the privilege to interview Kathryn Costa about the launch of The Mandala Guidebook on an online show that I co-host with my friend, Cindy Harrison. Sparkle and Inspire is a weekly live stream demonstration and step by step DIY class where you can watch and participate as I learn and create a decorative art project. Being a mandala artist myself, I love how we incorporate mandalas into every project. Kathryn’s influence shines through in every area of my life that has been touched by mandalas.

In the interview, Kathryn shares how she first came to know about mandalas and how she used them when she taught high school students. She explains how mandalas can create a bonding opportunity and that the idea of creating a circular design can bring people together and create community.

Kathryn describes how she was influenced by Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist who discovered the significance of mandalas through his own inner work, when she decided to challenge herself and create 100 mandalas in 100 days. She explains how that experience was the starting point that has brought her to where she is now.

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Kathryn Costa signed a copy of her book for me when my friend Cindy met her in New Hampshire

View the inspiring discussion and discover how I first “met” Kathryn and learned about the 100 Mandala Challenge as well as how Cindy had the opportunity to meet Kathryn in their home state of New Hampshire in the interview below:

You have a chance to win a copy of The Mandala Guidebook by simply tweeting the hashtag!  Tweet your heart out now and the person who tweets the most using this hashtag will win. The winner will be announced live on Facebook at Kathryn Costa’s Book Launch Party at 6:00 PM on Sunday, May 22nd!

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Click on this picture to join the fun on Facebook/100Mandalas

Here are some sample Tweets, you can write your own or copy and paste one of these:

I want to win @100Mandalas new book #MandalaGuidebook

Tweet for a chance to win #MandalaGuidebook by Kathryn Costa @100Mandalas

I just love mandalas! #MandalaGuidebook @100Mandalas

Check out the amazing mandalas by Kathryn Costa #MandalaGuidebook

Join me in the 100 Mandala Challenge #MandalaGuidebook @100Mandalas

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