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 these questions, but the way she manages to weave them into the story itself is […]

Posted 30 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Book Reviews, Fiction / 6 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 favorite use, tell me in the comments!  Keep cheese fresh! If you rub butter on the […]

Posted 27 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Best of Lists, Food, Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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March Favorites: TV, Books, and Websites

March Favorites: TV, Books, and Websites

Another month is nearly over! It’s now well into the season that we Floridians call “hot.” The theme this month seems to have been awesome women, from Amy Poehler and Tiny Fey to my own sister! Now that is a good month. TV Shows Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – If you’re a fan of The Office, Parks and Rec, and 30 Rock, you’ll love this Netflix original created by Tina Fey. It’s absurd and hilarious and Ellie Kemper is the funniest person who ever lived. I cried laughing more than once. Then I watched it again from start to finish. Parks […]

Posted 25 March, 2015 by Joy Cullinan in Entertainment, Lifestyle / 3 Comments
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8 Surprising Celebrity Authors

8 Surprising Celebrity Authors

We all know that celebrities love to write books. It seems like everyone’s done it – Paris Hilton, Tina Fey, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Conrad, and most fading rock stars. But did you know that the following celebrities also tried their hand at writing a book? I didn’t! Oh, and if you want to find out who’s written some weird children’s books, check out Papermag’s list. Joe Mangeniello – Yes, ladies, Joe Mangenello has a book about achieving the body you want. If anyone could write this book, it’s him. Snooki – Believe it or not, Snooki has a bunch […]

Posted 24 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Best of Lists / 3 Comments
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“All That Is Solid” Is Superb

“All That Is Solid” Is Superb

If you were to read the description of All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, you would be led to believe that it is a sweeping story about last days of the Soviet Union. Though this is true, it fails to truly capture the intimate storylines of its three main characters:  a former journalist working in a factory, a young piano player forced from his home, and a doctor who will sacrifice himself for the good of others, that drive the story. When the infamous nuclear disaster occurs at Chernobyl Power Plant, all three of their lives are thrown into turmoil as […]

Posted 23 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Book Reviews, Fiction / 6 Comments
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#30Authors – Where Are They Now? – Part 1

#30Authors – Where Are They Now? – Part 1

As many of you know, the #30Authors event I hosted back in September was a huge success. We had some amazing authors participate and several of them have really shot to the top since then. Over the next few weeks, in preparation of the #30Authors Legacy Anthology launch, I’ll be sharing with you some updates from our amazing contributors. Welcome to Part 1! Celeste Ng “In November, Amazon selected Everything I Never Told You as its #1 best book of 2014. Since then, the novel hit the New York Times Bestseller list and received an Alex Award and the 2014 […]

Posted 20 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in #30 Authors, Author Events / 1 Comment
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March Madness: Sixteen Sweet Books About Basketball

March Madness: Sixteen Sweet Books About Basketball

It’s basketball season! I have to admit, I don’t watch it and don’t know the first thing about who has made it to the Sweet Sixteen or whether or not it has even started, but I’m sure that many of you are. So, for you, I have conducted some research on fiction and nonfiction books about basketball and have compiled a list of sixteen sweet reads for you. All synopses based on Goodreads. Enjoy! The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen – An incredible story about a high school senior basketball player and her struggles during her final year. Eleven […]

Posted 19 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Best of Lists / 8 Comments
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10 Wellness Apps We’re Loving

10 Wellness Apps We’re Loving

According to the U.S. Digital Consumer Report by Nielson, “…the average U.S. consumer spends 60 hours a week consuming content across devices.” That’s a lot of time, so why not spend some of it improving your health? Try out some of these favorite apps that will help make it possible:  Zombies, Run! 3 – Warning: This is legitimately scary. Do not use at night. Or do, if you’re into that. This is a super fun game that also happens to help you run faster by sending ACTUAL ZOMBIES AFTER YOU.* Cost: $3.99. Platform: iOS or Android. Couch to 5K – If […]

Posted 18 March, 2015 by Joy Cullinan in Fitness, Lifestyle / 4 Comments
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The #30Authors Book Cover is Here!

The #30Authors Book Cover is Here!

After months of planning and preparations, I’m pleased to share with you that the #30Authors anthology, Legacy, has a book cover! This is a major moment for me and I am so honored to have such fantastic authors joining in. Of course, this wouldn’t be happening without the support of Velvet Morning Press, so be sure to check out their page and tweet them some love. Another big thank you goes out to Tamara at Traveling With T, who is unveiling the cover for the anthology. To see the final product, click the image. Oh, and tell Tamara why you’re excited […]

Posted 17 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in #30 Authors, Author Events / 7 Comments
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Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Book Review)

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Book Review)

I’m calling it – Our Endless Numbered Days is going to be a hit. I feel pretty confident in saying this because I usually don’t like books told through the eyes of a child or teenager and I made it almost a quarter of the way through before realizing that’s how this book is written, which says a lot. Plus, it has a twist that will leave you stunned. So what’s the book about? In short, it’s about a girl returned to society recounting her time living in the woods with her survivalist father, who yanked her from her mother and society […]

Posted 16 March, 2015 by Allison Hiltz in Book Reviews, Fiction / 12 Comments
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