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Audiobook Review: A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber

1 Aug
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Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery
 
When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it  means being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center’s two caretakers.
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 Avoiding the M-word turns out to be the least of Kate’s problems when a wedding guest is found floating face-down in the resort’s hot tub, shortly after a loud, public (and somewhat embarrassing) fight with Kate.

 The police pick Kate as their number-one suspect, so she’s forced to team up with boyfriend Michael, best friend Rene, and German shepherd sidekick Bella to find the real killer. But they’ll have to solve the murder before the police arrest Kate, or her next gig may last a lifetime–behind bars.”
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I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had listened to Murder Strikes a Pose, the first book in the Downward Dog Mystery series, so I was happy to listen to the next book in the series. 

A Killer Retreat is another cozy mystery with Kate, a yoga instructor, as the main character. She and her boyfriend, Michael, are going to Elysian Springs resort for a working vacation. Kate has been hired to give yoga classes to guests of the resort and guests of the owners’ wedding. Her best friend, Rene, and her husband join them for the vacation. Kate’s dog, Bella, also joins them and she has turned out to be a great pet.

Not only is a member of the bride’s family murdered but Kate and Rene both have serious relationship problems while on this vacation. Both are too insecure in their relationships and need to learn to communicate with their significant others. So, while Kate is trying to solve a murder, she’s also trying to help Rene while avoiding Michael. Kate can be pretty fickle for a yoga instructor!

The narrator of Killer Retreat does a good job. There was only one time I wasn’t sure who was talking, but otherwise it was easy to tell. Her timing and inflection were good.
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Although Killer Retreat is predictable, I enjoyed listening to it. If you like a cozy mystery, I definitely recommend it.

 

 

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Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.
 
Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house. 
 
 
 
 
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Book Review: Rachel’s Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow

13 May

 

Rachels-Day-in-the-GardenTitle: Rachel’s Day in the Garden (A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book)

Author: Giselle Shardlow

Illustrator: Hazel Quintanilla

Publication Date: December 23, 2014

Publisher: Kids Yoga Stories

Number of pages: 34

Recommended age: 3 to 6 years

Summary

Experience the benefits of yoga while learning about the signs of spring!

Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow.

The storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide.

Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The story links several yoga poses in a specific sequence to create a coherent and meaningful story.

This spring yoga story for ages 3 to 6 is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children. Rachel’s Day in the Garden is the first book in a seasonal yoga book series. The summer yoga book is also now available:Ella’s Summer Fun. The fall and winter ones are in production, coming soon!

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Rachel’s Day in the Garden is adorable and a great way to teach simple yoga poses to young children.

At the beginning, it is suggested for the parent to flip through the book first to get acquainted with the format. Then, as they read it with their child, the can both practice each pose as they go. There is also a springtime keyword for each pose which is a simple word for the child to learn in place of the actual name of the pose.

If you’re a parent interested in teaching yoga to your young child, this book would definitely be a good way to start. It’s not only easy to understand but it has examples to look at and colorful pictures to help keep their interest. I think it would be fun to get all 4 of the books when they’re available.

 

 

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About the Author

Giselle-Shardlow-300x254Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga stories for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories. She can be found at the Kids Yoga Stories website or on her Amazon author page.

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Review: Downward Dog by Edward Vilga

30 Jul

   

7-21-2013 3-35-35 PMTitle: Downward Dog

Author:  Edward Vilga

Genre:  Fiction/Yoga

Publisher:  Diversion Books

Publication Date:  June 2013

Description: A study in love, loss, and sexual misadventures in New York City, Downward Dog tells the tale of a handsome Bad Boy who becomes a yoga instructor while trying to redeem his womanizing ways and win the forgiveness of the only woman he’s ever really loved.

Down on his luck thanks to a failed nightlife venture which fell apart because of his womanizing, our hero’s stuck with massive debt and broken dreams.

His only safe haven is the yoga world, and when his well-connected best buddy launches his yoga career among NYC’s elite, our working class hero becomes a guru to society’s top 1%, a wolf let loose amongst a flock of comely sheep.

Review:

I didn’t think I was going to like this book because the main character is a womanizer and has a history of being a real jerk but he becomes more endearing as the book progresses. He’s obviously made a lot of mistakes but he really does try to become a better person, mainly because of the woman he loved and lost. I found myself cheering him on and being so disappointed when he made a mistake. By the end of the book, I had a lot of respect for the way Edward Vilga was able to portray this Bad Boy’s journey. He made him very real.

There’s a lot of information about yoga. The way the poses were presented was creative and I learned quite a bit. Like a lot of people, I didn’t realize it was such a workout. I’ve always pictured someone sitting cross-legged and meditating. Wow! Was I wrong! In fact, it may something I’d like to pursue in the future. 

I enjoyed Downward Dog and highly recommend it. You can find it on Amazon. I look forward to reading more by Edward Vilga.

 

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