Monday, December 19, 2016

Book Spotlight: Woman At the Well

Saturday, December 3, 2016

BOOK Review: David Travels to the Past

Book Tour: Mama's knight: A cancer story of Love by Aurora Whittet

Book Review
This is a great childrens book by Aurora Whittet.  Mama's Knight: A cancer story of Love is a story to help children to cope with cancer.  Even for adults cancer can be difficult to handle.  Having a sory book about the disease in a child friendly book is a great tool.  This book drew my attention because I have had one parent (my father) to survive cancer and a grandmother who lost her battle to cancer. 
This book is written like a fairy tale.  Your mom is going through a very scary journey.  This journey is called cancer.  This is a journey that not only she has to be brave but she has a hero.  The hero is the reader.  Has the story goes the story shows that the reader can help his or her mother just by being him or herself.   This story is shows that the reader is the mama's knight. 
This book is a tough read emotional wise.  Cancer is a tough topic.  This book though is one that is you know a child that a parent is going through caner.  This book I give a five out of five stars.  It is a great book.  I am so glad to have had the opportunity to read this book.  
I received the book from iRead book tours for an honest review
Book Details:

Book Title:  Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love by Aurora Whittet
Category:   Children's fiction,  40 pages
Genre: Children's book, Self help, Cancer
Publisher:  Wise Ink Publishing
Release date:  Oct 2016
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

Once upon a time . . . It’s how all heroes begin their story, and you’re a hero, too! Your mama has cancer, and it’s a scary journey, but you can help your mama just by being you—special, wonderful, YOU. Your mama loves you just the way you are. You are your mama’s knight.

Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is an emotional toolbox that can help kids and parents communicate about what it means for Mama to have cancer. The book is filled with tools and activities designed to make coping with illness easier on both parent and child, and can be personalized for each child.

Buy the Book:  Author's Website

Meet the Author:

​Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Today, she has completed Bloodmark, Bloodrealms, and Bloodmoon of the Bloodmark Saga trilogy and started her journey into children’s books with Mama’s Knight in honor of her own mother who lost her battle with cancer. She’s a national award-winning graphic designer and birth doula in her day jobs. Aurora lives with her family in Minnesota.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


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​Nov 19 - Reading Authors - review / giveaway
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Book Spotlight- Implementation of Agile Software Development

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Implementation of Agile Software Development by [Thorat, Tushar]

Book Review

Implementation of Agile Software Development is Tushar Thorat's first book written in an essay format.  He is a business owner for a software and web development company.  When he freelanced for three years he had a 100% client sanctification rate on Upwork which was formerly called Odesk.   It is a nonfiction book that goes over the topic of Agile Software Development.  For being very short it contains a lot of information.  Tushar Thorat compares this method to the traditional Waterfall Method.  There is also a couple of case studies and pros and cons to this method.  

This is a great essay/ book for those who want to learn what learn the basics of Agile Software Development.  It is a great easy to read format and easy to understand. 

Book Summary

This book will focus on different aspects of Agile Software Development by highlight Agile manifesto, Difference between Waterfall Development Model and Agile Software Development model, structural diagram study of both techniques, Comparison between Agile Software Development Model and Old traditional development model, Agile Software Development and its different methodologies such as Extreme Programming, Agile Modeling, Dynamic System Development, Feature Driven Development, Scrum, Agile Unified Process, Crystal Clear and other Methodologies, Adaptive Software Development, Lean Software Development, Graphical System Design, then research paper will focus on Agile Project Management where it will highlight Role & Responsibilities of Project Manager , Role & Responsibilities of Developer, Role & Responsibilities of Tester and Ten principle for Tester in Agile Software Development process, and Role of Customer in Agile Software Development

  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Infographic: Agile vs. Waterfall - Which project management style is right for you?:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Power of Music (Christmas Edition)- Amy Grant Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)

I think I'm in love with this shape from the Silhouette Design Store!:

(These are the same song.  The first one is of Amy Grant singing it live.  The other video is the song sung to scenes from  movie "The Nativity"

"I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary, with a babe inside 
And I wonder what I've done
Holy Father, you have come 
And Chosen me 
To carry your son"

Amy Grant's song Breath of Heaven is a beautiful and powerful song.  It was released on 1992 and is on her album Home for the Holidays.  It is soothing like a lullaby but they lyrics are so powerful.   This is like Mary praying to God.  It is the Christmas story from Mary's perspective.   Her doubts her fears and attempting to deal with the circumstances of giving birth to God's son.

Sweet beautiful and powerful song.  This is perfect for Christmas.  It demonstrates why we celebrate Christmas.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Power of Music (Christmas Edition)- Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) - Trans Siberian Orchestra

Found Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24 (Instrumental) by Trans-Siberian Orchestra with Shazam, have a listen:

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs.  It is instrumental.  But the power of the song is strong.  This song combines two of my favorite songs:  God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and Carol of the Bells.  It is so beautiful.  It starts with God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman.  It is sweet and soothing.  Then quickly builds up to a powerful sounds becoming Carol of the Bells.  Then goes back to calm but in a different way.  It ends powerful and exciting.  

This is one Christmas song perfect for Christmas lovers out there

Christmas at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri  I can't wait to take the kids this year.:

Book Spotlight: Falling for the stars

Falling For the Stars by Lisa Loving Dalton

Book Details:

Book Title:  Falling For The Stars: A Stunt Gal's Tattle Tales
Author:  Lisa Loving Dalton
Category:  Adult Nonfiction,  224 pages
Genre:  Memoir, Performing Arts
Publisher:  Peak Performance Living
Release date:  Oct 27, 2016
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M

Book Description:  

Lisa Loving Dalton spent years working with or stunt doubling for a galaxy of celebrity stars including Madonna, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Katherine Hepburn, Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Darryl Hannah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Williams, Robert Downey Jr., Liam Neeson, Cher and more...

Yet, what stands out in her new book Falling For The Stars: A Stunt Gal’s Tattle Tales is the indomitable spirit she assayed, despite the extraordinary price she paid for her stellar career—including misogyny, a miscarriage, and a life-long back injury. And each juicy story she relays in her fascinating chronicle, brings home an important life lesson for the reader—one that she learned the hard way.

Beginning as a naïve, insecure actress, trying to use extra work and stunts as a way into the Hollywood firmament, Dalton rises to become one of the top stunt professionals, ultimately reaping the economic rewards and the ego gratification—while denying her true desire to act full time. Dalton appeared in more than 200 films, television shows and commercials in New York, Hollywood and Texas, including work in Ghostbusters, Money Pit, Crocodile Dundee, Married to the Mob, FX, Legal Eagles, and Splash on the big screen and ER, HBO’s Carnivale, Dr. Quinn and Melrose Place among her many TV credits.

Yet, Falling For The Stars also provides a magical behind-the-scenes look at the stars and moviemaking through the eyes of a woman who went toe-to-toe with the Hollywood elite, or at least walked in their stunt shoes. She knows first-hand the caring and humanity of such luminaries as Streep, Redford and Cher.

Dalton reveals what it took to hang over cliffs, get hit by a moving car, drop from five stories up, dodge a bridge full of speeding cars—and to ignore the Universe’s more gentle prompts that it was time to quit and follow her passion into acting fulltime or teaching acting. The resulting career-ending spinal injury has a story of its own, how she researched medical and alternative paths that form the heart of what she shares with the world today. She is now certified in NLP, Hypnosis, and Neurological Repatterning—ways she learned to heal.

With humor and candor, Dalton inspires the reader to rise above one’s fears and limitations and go for the gusto. In her book, it is very clear that she knows full well that tomorrow is promised to no one and there is no gift greater than the present. And the present is what you make of it by finding the hidden gifts. Today, she helps actors burnish their gifts by performing and teaching acting around the world.

Visit the Book's Page for more info
Buy the Book:  Amazon

Watch the trailer:
Lisa Loving Dalton
Meet the Author:

From a bullied, dyslexic, messy, freckle-faced, klutzy pixie, Lisa Loving Dalton grew into a statuesque and skillful stuntwoman, actor, director, teacher, author, filmmaker, leadership and life coach, and ceremonial minister. Always seeking and finding the silver lining, she has made the most of whatever life threw at her. She says, “I spill stuff, trip and drip all of the time so I made a career out of it. My advice: Embrace what is as perfect.”

Dalton appeared in more than 200 films, television shows and commercials in New York, Hollywood and Texas, including work in Ghostbusters, Money Pit, Crocodile Dundee, Married to the Mob, FX, Legal Eagles, and Splash on the big screen and ER, HBO’s Carnivale, Dr. Quinn and Melrose Place among her many TV credits.

Connect with the author:

Website  ~  Twitter  ~  
Facebook  ~  Pinterest  ~  Youtube  ~  Instagram


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