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Book Review: The Secret Life & Death of Josie by Angela Kay

8 May

In the midst of a brutal custody battle for her young son, Det. Lexi Dixon is dragged into the cold case of seventeen-year-old Josie Parker, who was found dead fourteen years ago. Intrigued and hoping to get justice for Josie, Dixon and her partner investigate every possible lead as if the murder happened yesterday. They soon learn that Josie’s life was not as it appeared. Was the killer her controlling mother or her best friend? Was it the boyfriend no one ever knew about or someone else entirely? Or will this young girl’s killer once again slip through the cracks?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy of the ARC. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I was happy to read this book because I’ve read all of Angela Kay’s books and they are good, especially I Can Kill.

Josie was murdered 14 years ago and her mom calls the police department to find out if anyone is still working on the case. Detective Lexi Dixon takes the call and gets permission to look at the cold case. She and her partner find additional information that was withheld by witnesses 14 years ago. But will it be enough to solve the case after being cold for so long?

While Dixon is working the case, she’s also dealing with a contentious divorce with an abusive ex. Although she is a strong woman when it comes to her job, she’s only recently learned to stand up for herself in her personal life. While the murder mystery is interesting, Dixon’s dealings with her ex are nerve wracking for both Dixon and the reader because it’s obvious that he’s capable of anything. 

I definitely recommend The Secret Life and Death of Josie. It has some good old fashioned detective work as well as drama/suspense, along with a touch of romance.

 

 

About the Author

Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University,
Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming
up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people.
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Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright
contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of
this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater
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She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Dream of the Tortoise by Nyako Nakar

7 May

Title: The Dream of the Tortoise

Author: Nyako Nakar

Release Date: 30th April 2019

Genre: Picture Book

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45360211-the-dream-of-the-tortoise

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-Tortoise-Nyako-Nakar-ebook/dp/B07QP2GB4C

 

Summary:

This is the story of a tortoise with very big dreams.

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Dream of the Tortoise is about a tortoise who has always dreamed of swimming in the ocean. With the help of a glow-worm, she makes it to the ocean but when she tries to swim, she sinks to the bottom and almost dies. Fortunately, there are a couple of turtles who save her. 

She talks to a wise old tortoise who tells her what she needs to do, but no matter how much she tries, she fails and almost dies. Finally, she figures out how to swim and spends the rest of her night living her dream.

The Dream of the Tortoise is a cute story with nice illustrations. Not only is it cute but it teaches children to reach for their dreams.

 

 

 

About the Author

When I was a child, I had many problems in school. I had a hard time concentrating and committing things to memory and was hyperactive – characteristics that would be recognised today as typical of someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

I sat as far back as possible in the class and while the teacher talked and talked about things that I didn’t understand, I drew – though from a distance the teacher may have thought I was making notes on what he was saying. Quite often the teacher noticed and punished me or expelled me from class.

I had a lot of imagination and that helped me to create many different stories.

Later, after studying graphic design and working in advertising, I changed course and decided to dedicate myself to theatre and dance. I studied at the Theatre Institute of Barcelona and soon after I joined The Lindsay Kemp Company, where I worked for many years and in parallel created my own theatre company.

In the 1990’s I left the theatre and immersed myself once again in graphic design, starting to work on 3D computer design programmes.

I am also very interested in the world of meditation and healing and I travelled all over the world, getting to know other cultures and investigating Shamanism, especially in India and Mexico. I conducted many workshops in Spain on how to use silence to encourage creativity.

Today I continue to love the world of drawing and children’s stories and I have many drawings and writings to edit in the future.

Since 2017 I have lived in London and found the peace and tranquillity to work and to make my dreams come true.

 

Website: http://www.nyakonakar.com/start.html

 

 

 

 

Book Review & Giveaway: Those Who Seek God by Niki Milburn

6 May

 

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Juvenile Fiction : Religious – Christian – Values & Virtues
Juvenile Fiction : Religious – Christian – Animals /Juvenile Fiction : Religious – Christian – General
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Date Published: April 11 2019
Publisher: Lucid Books
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God Wants to Be Found! In ‘Those Who Seek God’, little readers will enjoy a sweet story about young animals wanting to learn more about God. Through Bible verses and conversations with loved ones, these characters discover that seeking God is simple. He wants to be found! Curious littles and big kiddos too, snuggle in close as you listen to how the swan, otter, kitten, caterpillar, and others learn more about God and what it means to seek Him.
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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

 

Those Who Seek God is a wonderful way to introduce children to God. On each set of two pages, a young animal asks a relative or friend about God and each person gives a different answer along with a verse from the Bible. In simple language it explains that God is powerful, He’s there for us, and He loves us.

 

The illustrations of the different animals such as caterpillars, owls, and cats. They’re cute and colorful and will keep the attention of children.

 

Those Who Seek God is definitely a book worth sharing with the children in your life.
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Niki Milburn is a proud homeschooling mama, with a degree in elementary education. She loves Jesus, coffee, adventure, hiking with her family, and picture books! Niki grew up in Greencastle, Indiana but currently lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her high school sweetheart Nate, their two boys—Miles and Maguire, an English Bulldog, and a rescue pup. You can connect with Niki on Instagram (@nikimilburnatl).
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Book Review: Coloring Books for Kids & Toddlers

3 May

This book makes a nice gift for ages 3 to 5 years.
63 coloring pages in total, on single side pages.
•Each image is printed on a separate page to prevent bleed-through.
•Children’s artists have hand-drawn unique illustrations that are beautiful and fun.

 

 

My Review

I chose to review this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a great coloring book for youngsters. The stated age is for 3-5 years, and I think that is spot on. Some of the pictures to color are simplistic for younger children and some are a little more complex for children a little older. Examples:

 

 

 

 

 

The back of each picture is blank so that colors won’t bleed through onto other pictures but it also allows pages to be torn out and displayed places such as the refrigerator…or maybe even sent to loved ones who don’t live close. 

If you’re looking for a fun coloring book for a toddler or young child, this would be a good one. It has a range of pictures to color from Christmas to summertime and from animals to flowers.

 

 

 

Book Review: Super Nutrition by Terry McIlroy

29 Apr

Title: Super Nutrition
Author: Terry McIlory
Release Date: 2nd May 2019
Genre: Non-Ficton
Page Count: 216
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

 

We have all uttered these phrases at one time or another:

“Your health is your wealth.”

“You are what you eat.”

 

Deep down, we all know, that what we choose to eat and drink has a massive impact on our health.

Confused about your nutritional needs? Not anymore! With a clear focus on sourcing the right ingredients, including condiments, herbs, spices & organic produce, we can all take advantage of, and unlock the powerful nutrients within them, to try and ensure that we are not insufficient or deficient in any given vitamin, mineral, macro or micro-nutrient, whilst trying to reduce our toxic load, thus easing the burden on our body’s natural ability to detoxify itself and restore homeostasis/balance. This book gives you the tools and knowledge to structure your diet and help you strive towards optimal health, with totally unique, delicious, health-giving recipes so you can enjoy the ride.

Start your new journey to health and happiness here NOW! Grab a copy of Super Nutrition today and take control of your health once and for all, shed those unwanted pounds, balance your blood sugars and heal your gut with nutritional therapy

Terry McIlroy has taken well-known, popular dishes and transformed them into nutrient-dense powerhouse meals, just by making a few ingredient swaps with modern twists, such as his New Dehli Fritatta, Carrot Cake Smoothie, Mixed Mushroom, Almond & Tarragon Soup, Curried Quinoa Taboulleh Salad, Proper Spelt Bread, Southern Fried Chicken, Millionaires Shortbread and of course Fish ‘n’ Chips.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Super Nutrition is a good source for anyone who wants to learn how to live a healthy life. This book has a lot of healthy recipes and a meal planner at the back. This is not a cookbook or a diet plan, it is a way to change your habits and feel better. This book is for everyone, but if you need to lose weight, this is the best way to do it because the weight will stay off. 

At the beginning of the book, the author explains that he wrote Super Nutrition to help others live the best life they can. It also gives his top ten health tips as well as a few basics that will help you start making changes. For example, it’s best to buy organic foods if possible and he explains the reasons.

I plan to use Super Nutrition as a guide and to change some of my habits but it will be slowly. I’m going to have to work at finding a lot of the foods listed in the recipes. There aren’t any stores in a small town to even purchase organic foods let alone Pink Himalayan Salt or a mortar and pestle.

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Terry McIlroy is a Professional Chef with over 27 years of experience within the culinary industry. He is also a Nutritionist/Nutritional Therapist, specializing in the field of Naturopathic Nutrition. He has inspired many with his passion, knowledge, creativity and flair in the kitchen as an Executive Head Chef, whilst running several businesses. During his clinical experience, he transformed the lives of all of his clients, giving them Nutritional, Supplemental and Lifestyle protocols to follow, all of whom reported dramatic improvements in their health and wellbeing after implementing his bespoke diet plans and lifestyle changes.

Terry has combined his Culinary and Nutritional Expertise to produce his inaugural book ‘Super Nutrition’ which is set to inspire and transform the lives of millions. He offers (never before seen in one piece of work) unique Health & Wellbeing Advice, Tips and Recipes, arming the reader with the tools to take control of their health and live a vibrant, happy life.

 

 

 

 

Book Review: The Big Keto Desserts Book by Ellen Branson

27 Apr

The Keto Diet is a common trend nowadays. We have a good awareness about keto trends. It is a diet that contains a good amount of fats and some proteins as well. However, it is low in carbohydrates. Keto desserts are made sugar-free, and this is done by using sugar substitutes.
If you eat keto desserts, then your body will have a lesser amount of sugars floating in blood. Lower blood glucose levels will eventually lead to a lower production of insulin.

 

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read this book not because I’m interested in the Keto Diet but because I’m a diabetic and was interested in the sugar-free recipes. All of these recipes are sugar-free and use other sweeteners. One of those, erythritol, causes no alteration in blood sugar levels. Although some of these recipes are very high in fat, some such as the different flavored Fat Bombs (chocolate, cookie dough, etc.) aren’t too bad.

If you’re on the Keto Diet, this is a great book to use for when you want something sweet. The best thing I learned was the different sweeteners that can be used as an alternative to sugar.

 

 

 

About the Author

Ellen Branson is a nutrition expert and phycologist. 

After struggling with her weight throughout half of her life, Ellen decided to study nutrition and wellness. Now she is a mother of 3, health and nutrition consultant, teaching culinary classes and cookbook author. Her passion is to develop delicious and easy recipes, that will still be healthy and healing for the body. Ellen’s passion is to help people reclaim their health, lose weight, feel happy and fulfilled and enjoy their food and cooking process.

 

 

 

Audiobook Review: City of Gold by Carolyn Arnold

23 Apr

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Finding the Inca’s lost City of Gold would be the discovery of a lifetime. But failing could mean her death…

Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn are finally home after a dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in obtaining the priceless Pandu artifact they sought, it almost cost them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the next adventure. Yet when new intel surfaces indicating the possible location of the legendary City of Gold, Matthew is hesitant to embark on the quest.

Not only is the evidence questionable but it means looking for the lost city of Paititi far away from where other explorers have concentrated their efforts. As appealing as making the discovery would be, it’s just too risky. But when Cal’s girlfriend, Sophie, is abducted by Matthew’s old nemesis who is dead-set on acquiring the Pandu statue, Matthew may be forced into action. Saving Sophie’s life means either breaking into the Royal Ontario Museum to steal the relic or offering up something no one in his or her right mind can refuse–the City of Gold.

Now Matthew and his two closest friends have to find a city and a treasure that have been lost for centuries. And they only have seven days to do it. As they race against the clock, they quickly discover that the streets they seek aren’t actually paved with gold, but with blood.

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Does treasure hunting excite you? 
What about the thought of traveling the globe and exploring remote regions to uncover legends that the world has all but forgotten? 
If so, strap yourself in for an adventure with modern-day archaeologist Matthew Connor and his two closest friends. Indiana Jones meets the twenty-first century. 

 This is the perfect book series for fans of Indiana JonesLara CroftNational Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I am a Carolyn Arnold fan and City of Gold is one of my favorites so I was happy to listen to it. 

I like Carolyn Arnold’s writing style. The dialogue is enjoyable, witty, and her descriptions make things come alive. They can be a little lengthy occasionally but that’s just my personal preference. There are a couple of twists which make the book even more exciting. 

The characters are engaging and their relationships are complex. Matthew’s relationships seem to be the most complex, not only with his father but with the women in his life.

City of Gold is full of adventure and suspense. It definitely reminds me of Indiana Jones and I love those movies. Along with the adventure, though, back home is a detective doing solid police work. 

The narrator, Garrett M. Brown, did a great job. He has a good voice for narration and his timing and pace are good.

I definitely recommend City of Gold for anyone who enjoys adventure and suspense.

 

 

About the Author

 

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Drone Strike by Joe Giordano

22 Apr

Book Title: Drone Strike: An Anthony Provati Thriller by Joe Giordano
Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Release date: April 15, 2019

Content Rating: PG-13 + M (for graphic violent terrorist scenes, no sex, no f-words.)

 

Book Description:

Karim’s family is killed by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, collateral damage. The Islamic State in the Levant exploits his rage, recruiting him for a terrorist attack on the U.S., and only Anthony Provati can stop him. Drone Strike takes you on a fast-paced adventure across the Mediterranean, into Mexico, finally arriving in the States. Drone Strike explores the psychological realities that seduce Karim to commit an act of terror, includes a love story between Moslem Karim and Miriam, a Christian woman he defends in Turkey and highlights the plight of Middle Eastern and Central American refugees.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Drone Strike is a timely thriller that deals with terrorism. It’s not only the story of Anthony Provati tracking Karim down but how Karim became the man he is. An American drone kills his beloved family which causes him to go down a road of terror. The way that terrorist organizations are able to recruit and train people, taking advantage of people like Karim, is something that is realistic and a major problem that needs to be addressed somehow.

If you like realistic action-packed thrillers, Drone Strike is a good one, especially if you want to learn more about the cultures and situation in the Middle East.

 

Meet the Author:

As a former International Executive Vice President of 3M, Joe Giordano’s experience included running a business in the Middle East out of Athens, Greece. Born in New York, he’s had first-hand experience with the cultures and most of the locations in Drone Strike.

Joe’s stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post and Shenandoah. His novels, Birds of Passage: An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story (2015) and Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Thriller (2017) were published by Harvard Square Editions. Read the first chapters and sign up for his blog at http://joe-giordano.com/

Joe was among one hundred Italian-American authors honored by Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio to march in the 2017 Manhattan, Columbus Day Parade.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest

 

 

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Book Review: Bernie and the Time Lords by Steve LeBel

20 Apr

Our young god has a new assignment.

The planet Flo is supposed to produce a florescent dust for the gods, but they have closed their mining operation. Bernie’s job is to get the mines reopened and working again. But there’s a problem. Every time he tries to re-negotiate a trading arrangement with the owner of the mines, it fails. But that’s just the beginning of the problems.

Each time Bernie returns to the planet, he finds things have changed. How can he get the mining operation restarted if the mine owner has difficulty remembering Bernie? And, to make it more difficult, other things are changing, too. The technology on the planet is advancing at an alarming rate. It’s as if someone is changing the past.

Bernie’s boss thinks the best solution is to eliminate all the people and repopulate the planet with a species less inclined to develop new technology. Bernie, of course, doesn’t want that to happen.

But how can he get the mines reopened if things keep changing? Bernie must begin a search throughout time for the malevolent force determined to destroy Flo’s timeline. If he can’t find and stop it, everyone on Flo will be destroyed. 

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free advanced review copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I have read the other books in this series, and I’ve been patiently waiting for this book to be ready.

I love the world that Steve LeBel has created in which gods create universes. They live on a plateau and they don’t have a lot of resources so they make the universes to trade for the things they need. For example, the planet Flo has been mining fluorescent dust that keeps the gods’ streets glowing at night. They have a trade agreement with the owner of the planet but suddenly they stop mining the dust. Flo is brought in for Bernie to find out why they’re no longer mining and to fix it. If he doesn’t get it fixed soon, everything on the planet will be wiped out and they’ll start all over again. Bernie doesn’t want this to happen, especially once he’s met some of the people.

The characters are well developed and have mostly human characteristics. Bernie, the main character, is a young god, famous because of winning an award for a universe he created. His best friends are Suzie and Lenny and they try to help him figure out ways to save Flo. They also accompany Bernie to the Blue Mountain which is a long ways away from the plateau they live on and the journey could be very dangerous.

I like Steve LeBel’s writing style. He brings the characters and the planets alive. This book does stand on its own but I recommend reading the series. It’s well worth your time. The only complaint I have is that I have to wait for the next book.

 

 

About the Author

What is the best way to describe an author who writes humorous fantasy?
 
Do we tell about bookshelves full of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal books, his love of mythology, or the years he spent as dungeon master? Or is it more important to know his favorite player-character was a chaotic-good elven fighter / magic user? What about that stack of old comic books he never seems to get rid of?

But there’s a serious side too. The other half of his bookshelf is filled with books on management, marketing, computer programming, and financial analysis? What about his years as a hospital president, or the many businesses he created, his years as a stock trader? What about his early years counseling drug addicts?
 
Is there a pattern to his travels around the world? Why chose places like King Arthur’s Camelot, the Temple of Delphi, Buddha’s Tree of Enlightenment, China’s Forbidden City, or the Great Pyramid of Egypt? What is it he’s searching for?
 
And what does any of this have to do with writing a good fantasy book?
 
Perhaps it’s that mix within Steve that makes The Universe Builders such a delightful story with such serious undertones.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: HIIT Your Limit by Dr. Len Kravitz

15 Apr

Book Title: HIIT Your Limit: High-Intensity Interval Training For Fat Loss, Cardio, and Full Body Health by Dr. Len Kravitz
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Fitness and Wellness
Publisher: Apollo Publisher
Release date: October 19, 2018
Tour dates: April 15 to 26, 2019
Content Rating: G (The book is a workout manual. It contains no graphic language or images.)

 

Book Description

Get lean, build muscle, and stay healthy in only ten minutes a day! A Fitness Hall of Fame inductee and world-famous exercise scientist explains the #1 new fitness trend and how to get and keep the body you’ve always wanted.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an extraordinarily effective form of training that mixes high- and low-impact activities during periods ranging from seconds to eight minutes. In HIIT Your Limit, Dr. Len Kravitz, who has been inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame and been an internationally-renowned exercise scientist for the past thirty-six years, and sold nearly 100,0000 copies of his last fitness book, explains what HIIT is, how it effects your entire body (externally and internally), gives 50 workouts and a guaranteed plan to whip you into shape fast, and presents a wealth of nutritional and other advice to further its impact.

HIIT was recently rated the #1 new fitness trend by the American College of Sports Medicine and is the key to staying fit for celebrities like David Beckham, Britney Spears, Hugh Jackman, and Scarlett Johansson. In addition to fat loss, it’s been proven to have major health benefits on blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. Through this groundbreaking volume you’ll learn why, and see how to get fit quick, and have a fun and a truly sustainable exercise program, no expensive personal trainer required.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. This book contains a lot of useful information. It explains why exercise and eating a healthy diet is so important. It has four main sections: Exercise, Optimal Weight, HIIT Workouts and Ways to Cut Calories. The last few pages are a Physical Activity Tracker that is immensely useful. It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to lose weight or just wants to be healthy.

HIIT Your Limit contains a lot of information that I already knew as well as some new helpful information. I learned a lot about HIIT. This is a good book for everyone whether they want to lose weight or improve their health.

 

 

 

About the Author

Dr. Len Kravitz has thirty-six years of experience as a researcher, writer, and speaker on fitness, and is the coordinator of exercise science at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Anybody’s Guide to Total Fitness (now in its eleventh edition with nearly 100,000 copies sold), and Essentials of Eccentric Training; has published more than 300 articles in dozens of health and fitness publications; and regularly travels the country as a speaker on fitness and health. Among other awards, he was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Dr. Kravitz lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

 

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