• Launch Day: Legacy: An Anthology (#30Authors)

  • Mini Reviews: Madness and Identities

  • #30Authors – Where Are They Now? Part 2

  • March Wrap-Up: Breakout Books and Lists Galore

  • March Favorites: TV, Books, and Websites

Launch Day: Legacy: An Anthology (#30Authors)

Launch Day: Legacy: An Anthology  (#30Authors)

After several months of planning, writing, and social media networking, the launch day for Legacy: An Anthology is finally here! In case you forgot, Legacy is based on the #30Authors event that The Book Wheel ran last September, in which 30 authors reviewed their favorite recent read on 30 different blogs. Following its success, Velvet Morning Press graciously offered to take the event to the next level and so, the anthology was born. We have several new contributors, as well as some familiar faces, so be […]

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Mini Reviews: Madness and Identities

Mini Reviews: Madness and Identities

Welcome to April’s mini-reviews! I chose the title “Madness and Identities” because all of the following fall into one or both of these categories. Blood Will Out, Not That Kind of Girl, and 10 Days in a Madhouse all focus on identity and imposters, while Cloud Atlas focuses on the madness of the world. Although, to be fair, all crossover quite a bit. Now, here are the books! Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn What would you do if you found out one of your […]

Posted 15 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Book Reviews, Mini Reviews / 4 Comments
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Cementville by Paulette Livers (Book Review)

Cementville by Paulette Livers (Book Review)

On a stormy day in May 1969, seven coffins and one war-torn veteran were brought home from Vietnam to the small town of Cementville, Kentucky. So begins this “semi-autobiographical” story by Paulette Livers, who grew up in Bardstown, Kentucky – the real-life town with the highest per capita loss from the Vietnam War in the United States. Drawing on her personal experiences with the devastating effects of the war, Livers has crafted a fictional world that is very much rooted in her own. In 1969, Cementville (aptly named […]

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Sunday Salon – The End Is Near

Sunday Salon – The End Is Near

Time // 10:44 MT Place // My desk in my home office. Real World // This is going to be a short Sunday Salon. I have a semi-final draft of my final project about reducing shark bycatch to boost revenues for NC’s fishing economy due tomorrow so I’ll be working on that all day. I spent the last two days in a fantastic forum that discussed the future of Colorado and its challenges, including infrastructure, broadband access, transportation, social impact bonds, and water. It was fascinating. […]

Posted 12 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Sunday Salon / 0 Comments
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10 Reasons to Read 10% Happier by Dan Harris

10 Reasons to Read 10% Happier by Dan Harris

I could probably write a pretty lengthy review about 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris, but at the end of the day it would be mostly babble. That’s because there are very straightforward reasons that anyone with a bit of anxiety in their lives should read it. I started out with a lot of the same preconceived notions about meditation and skepticism about authors like Eckhart […]

Posted 6 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Book Reviews, Memoir, Non-Fiction / 3 Comments
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#30Authors – Where Are They Now? Part 2

#30Authors – Where Are They Now? Part 2

Rene Denfeld THE ENCHANTED has garnered numerous awards and honors, including recently being listed for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. It is an ALA Notable Book of the Year, won the French Prix for Best Foreign Novel, a Texas Lariat Award winner, the Oregonian’s #1 Book of the Year, a Powell’s Top #5 Books of the Year, Goodreads’ Top #20 Books of the Year, an Indie Next Pick, Folyes Top Fiction of the Year, and was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First […]

Posted 3 April, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in #30 Authors, Author Events / 0 Comments
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March Wrap-Up: Breakout Books and Lists Galore

March Wrap-Up: Breakout Books and Lists Galore

создание корпоративного сайта Who knew I reviewed so many great books in March? Not me, that’s for sure! In addition to finding out what some of our favorite #30Authors contributors have been up to the past six months and Joy making it through her first month as a lifestyle and wellness blogger, I reviewed 8 books. That’s right – 8 books. Considering my final project for completing graduate school is due in two weeks, I can’t believe I managed to read so much! Either I’ve mastered the […]

Posted 31 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Monthly Wrap-Ups / 2 Comments
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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Book Review)

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Book Review)

You know how sometimes you read a book and it raises so many philosophical questions that you know you’ll be thinking about it for a long time to come? Well, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki is one of those books. On the one hand, it’s a novel, but on the other it’s a philosophical discussion about life, time, and what’s real in this world. This is likely because the author is a Zen Buddhist nun, so she’s dedicating her life to […]

Posted 30 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Book Reviews, Fiction / 18 Comments
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10 Reasons Butter is Amazing

10 Reasons Butter is Amazing

Let’s talk about butter. It’s delicious, goes with pretty much everything (seriously, people even put it in their coffee), and is hands down my favorite condiment. I buy it by the tub and my poor husband has to remind me every time that we go to the grocery store that no, we are not out of butter.  Clearly, I am on #TeamButter. But aside from being delicious, butter also has some pretty amazing uses, my favorite of which are listed below. If I missed your […]

Posted 27 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Best of Lists, Food, Uncategorized / 8 Comments
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