Holidays in Willow Valley - Linda Weaver Clarke (Audio review)


4 Stars!


A Collection of Six Holiday Stories: What were the holidays like at Willow Valley in 1840? How will Emmeline and Felicity celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do Sam and Josie believe in leprechauns and the pot of gold when St. Patrick’s Day comes around? Is it common to play jokes on one another on April Fools Day? Nicholas and Lucas find out first hand. Angelica’s eyes are opened when she is challenged on Independence Day. When the Irish and Scottish came to America, they brought their Halloween traditions with them. How about Christmas? Will Willow Valley accept these traditions? Find out as you share their experiences. This book is full of surprises.



Linda Weaver Clarke has traveled throughout the United States, teaching and encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the mother of six daughters and has several grandchildren. Clarke is the author of an award-winning sweet romance, Melinda and the Wild West, for the “Reviewers Choice Award.” She is the author of historical romances, swashbuckling romances, a romantic cozy mystery series, a mystery/suspense series, non-fiction, and a children’s book. Clarke is the author of 30 books. All her books are family friendly.


Carolyn Kashner is a professional voiceover, theatre, and film actor working in the Washington DC area for the past 7 years. She has had extensive vocal coaching and training throughout her career in both speech and singing.



Can you say “Sweet romance”??? That’s the definition of this collection of holiday reads. There is a story for just about every holiday, all taking place in the same town during 1840. I only had time to listen to a few – New Years, Valentines, and Christmas of course. They were all sweet, heartwarming, and interesting.

I think it would be fun to get this and listen to each story during the appropriate holiday. And listen with the whole family because this one is family friendly!

There is still time to get this in time to listen to “An Unforgettable Christmas”.

 I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from the author - Linda Weaver Clarke - Thank You!!

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Small Town Christmas and Amy's Christmas Casserole - Tammy Tate

Two sweet, romantic Christmas stories from author Tammy Tate -


After ten years, Brandy blames herself when she gets blind-sided by her husband and he brings their marriage to a screeching halt. Mentally, she’s crushed and confused as to what went wrong and the breakup traps her in a dark, cynical place that she can’t seem to pull herself out of. Losing her job at a time when her self-esteem is already at an all-time low only adds to her depression.

In Brandy’s eyes, she’s a train wreck searching for a place to derail. Two weeks before Christmas her mother suggests that she move home. Taking her mother’s advice, Brandy leaves Dallas, Texas for Wauchula, Florida.

Once Brandy gets to Florida, she’s greeted by Connie, a high school acquaintance that she hasn’t seen in over ten years. Brandy learns Connie’s brother is flying in from Chicago for the holidays and has just underwent a nasty divorce of his own. Connie’s determined, with Brandy’s help, they can cheer him up. Brandy’s not convinced.

To Brandy’s surprise, Shaun is no longer the tall, geeky kid she remembers from high school with black rimmed glasses, taped on the sides. He’s tall all right, and sexy as hell, wears contacts and sports an eight pack instead of six.

One day at the zoo changes their life forever.

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MY THOUGHTS - A very enjoyable read! The characters were very easy to get a feel for, and I liked them! Once I started reading I didn't want to stop. It was sweet, a little sad, and suspenseful as an unexpected adventure that ends up brings two lonely people together. 


After being attacked in the parking lot of her San Antonio apartment complex, Amy fears all men. One day she stumbles upon Sawyer Creek. Using all her savings, she buys a small house and café and her Chicken Dorito Casserole becomes an all-time favorite among the community. After four years, the nightmares have stopped, but the panic attacks haven’t. Christmas is four weeks off when the Sheriff calls saying a shovel hit the backdoor of her café, setting off the alarm. Vowing to never be a victim twice, she arms herself with the shovel only to learn that he’s been shot. Can she help him despite her fear of men?

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MY THOUGHTS - A really nice quick Christmas read. Great characters that I fell in love with right away. We all love a mysterious bad guy, right. Or... is he a bad guy??? He may just end up being Mr. not so bad after all. This one has it all - a cafe', a gunshot, some romance, and a lot of suspense.


Tammy Tate was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida but has lived most of her adult life in Texas. Her passion to write began in high school. It follows her everywhere she goes...creating a world where anything is possible. She's been married to the same wonderful man for over thirty years. Her secret to a long marriage? It's easy when you marry your best friend. In her world, Friday night is still date night.

Before she became a full-time author, she was an Executive Secretary, a Computer Consultant/Technician, and a Communications Officer (Police Dispatcher). She doesn't mind a challenge which has allowed her to race a late-model in a women's powder puff race, run barrels and poles in a play-day rodeo and drive an 18-wheeler. Somewhere in between, she and her husband raised three wonderful children. When she's not breathing life into her characters or jotting down ideas for a new book, she and her husband are spending quality time together.

Since she believes reading is the next best thing to writing, she enjoys romance, fantasy, science fiction 


ALL-IN-ALL - Both of these books were just right for Christmas. They offer a quick, but not so simple reading :-)  Don't think that you are getting Christmas book that are all fluff. These stories have a lot of substance - great character development. I can honestly say I loved the characters of both books. There is also a little suspense and great endings. 
Either one of these can easily be read in one or two sittings, but don't read them too fast! You won't want them to end too quickly! 
Just a bit of a warning - these books are not squeaky clean, so if you don't like that kind of thing...

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Mistletoe Fangs (The Fang Series Book 4) - Susan Blexrud




Dr. Lauren Marsh, a pregnant vampire, seeks therapy to overcome a recent trauma, but is her creepy doctor interested in more than her well-being? Will evil intercede, dashing the promise of a Christmas baby?


Susan Blexrud divides her time between the mountains of Western North Carolina and the flatlands of Orlando. When not researching and writing her next story, she can be found bird watching, quilting, reading, or attending Zumba and Yoga classes. She enjoys creating memorable, quirky characters and loves to hear from readers. Her series of fang novellas from DCL Publications earned her top reviews from such popular review sites as Bitten by Books and Fangtastic Books, and her three novels with Crimson Romance, which include The Gettysburg Vampire, His Fantasy Maid, and Valentine Vote, have been included in several of Crimson's most popular anthologies, earning top seller status.


Ha! Well this was a fun Christmas book! What’s more fun that Vampires at Christmas time?

I have to be honest, I was a little worried at first. There were a few sex scenes but… they were between husband and wife and were not overly graphic. Once I got past those this was a great little story! It was fun and suspenseful and I even shed a tear toward the end! Yes, you read that right – a vampire story brought a tear to my eye! LOL

This was a short, quick, and very fun story to read.

This is part of a series but was the first one for me – so totally able to be read as a stand alone.

I sure do want to go back and read the other tough. Maybe after the holidays.


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Intermittent Fasting for Dummies - Dr. Janet Bond Brill



Nonfiction / Health

Date Published: 11/17/2020

Publisher: For Dummies (Wiley)

You CAN do this! Intermittent fasting made easy.

So, you want to begin an intermittent fasting plan and embark on a leaner, healthier and longer life? You probably have already heard about this wildly popular health and fitness diet plan. Intermittent fasting continues to be one of the top google trending diet searches of the year. If you are ready to get on the intermittent fasting bandwagon, then here is the perfect detailed guide to following an intermittent fasting plan of your choice. There are several variations of intermittent fasting, each one is outlined in a step-by-step plan for you to follow. Remember, you choose the style that works best for your lifestyle.

The science is in―intermittent fasting has extraordinary health benefits. Intermittent fasting is the key that unlocks everything from sustainable weight and fat loss (especially that stubborn belly fat) to increased mental clarity and a serious boost in energy. Simply by consuming all of your food within a designated time period, you can ramp up your metabolism, reduce the risk of disease, and supercharge your workout or diet programs. No tedious calorie counting, weighing, measuring, or denying yourself your favorite foods. Too good to be true? No, but the trick―as with everything―is doing it in a safe and effective way and Intermittent Fasting For Dummies makes that easy, providing five of the most popular methods and 50+ recipes that will suit any lifestyle or diet.

Nutrition and fitness expert―and internationally recognized specialist in disease prevention―Janet Bond Brill shows you how to choose the method that suits you best, as well as guiding you through the science behind intermittent fasting, including how it ignites your fat-burning potential, promotes cellular repair, increases the production of growth hormones, and reduces insulin and blood sugar levels.

Choose the right plan and stick to it

Make more than 40 health and delicious calorie-controlled meals

Maintain your weight loss

Improve overall health and prevent disease

Wherever you are in your health journey―seeking weight loss or maintaining to promote disease prevention or build muscle―Intermittent Fasting For Dummies shows you how to make the science of "too good to be true" into a truly effective part of your regular, healthy routine.

About the Author

Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RDN, FAND was born and raised in New York City, the daughter of a prominent stage and screen actor and a psychoanalyst. At the age of 16, she graduated Walden School in Manhattan and enrolled at the University of Miami. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology, she took a break from academia and traveled the world, working as a flight attendant for Pan American World Airways. Returning to South Florida, she earned both her doctoral degree and master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Miami, in addition to a second master’s degree in nutrition science from Florida International University, graduating both universities with academic honors. She has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in nutrition, health, and fitness as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Cedar Crest College.

Dr. Janet has become a nationally recognized nutrition, health, and fitness expert and has authored four books: Blood Pressure DOWN, Prevent a Second Heart Attack, and Cholesterol Down (all by Random House) and Intermittent Fasting for Dummies (Wiley). She is a prolific writer with contributions to numerous scientific journals and lay publications worldwide. Currently, Dr. Janet writes a column for Bottom Line Health, Inc.

She is a trusted source of information for the national media and is a frequent guest expert on local and national television. Nationally, she has appeared on the Dr. Oz show numerous times, CBS “On the Couch,” and as a nutrition expert for “The Balancing Act” (Lifetime). On a personal note, she has completed four marathons and countless road races, many for charitable organizations. A dedicated mother of three fantastic children and a devoted wife of 36 years, Dr. Janet and her family reside in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Janet believes whole-heartedly in the role both good nutrition and exercise play in the prevention of chronic disease and achieving optimal health. She teaches the importance of a healthy lifestyle and has helped thousands of people across the nation improve their health and wellbeing.

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Fantastic book! This book has so much to offer. It is not just about intermittent fasting it’s about having a healthy body, choosing healthier foods, and nutrition. This is a great book to have on hand and the perfect resource. Whether you are trying to loose weight or just trying to get healthy, this is the perfect book to help. And what a great time to be looking for something like this. I would like to see how many people put loosing weight and getting fit on their list of New Years resolutions.


Just some of the things you will find in this book –

SMART goals – what are they and how to make them

Making friends with the scale  :-/

Calories… calories in = calories out

Weight loss… Weekly calories burned greater than weekly calories eaten

Coffee!!!! Yes that is not a typo – I said coffee! It is encouraged! “YES!”

Mindful eating

Protein choices (other than meat)

Vegan and Vegetarian options – again YES!

How to read labels

AND… recipes!!! And good ones too. I have lots of them highlighted.


And that was just some of the things I found interesting or that fit my needs.

All-in-all this is an excellent book for EVERYBODY and I highly recommend it!


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Mistletoe and the Mouse - Elsa Simonetti


3 Stars


Can a magical Christmas melt a frozen heart?

Join Belle and James as they visit Mickey Mouse for a sparkling holiday season at Disneyland Paris.

Belle has been numb since her mother died, and she can’t face Christmas at home without her. Instead she books a surprise holiday to her “happy place” – the Magic Kingdom. But her boyfriend James has problems of his own. He doesn’t “do Disney” and what will his mother think of him missing their family Christmas to go to Disneyland with Belle?

A festive romance with a sprinkling of Pixie Dust.

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Theme Park Press website: http://themeparkpress.com/


Elsa Simonetti was born in the same year as Walt Disney World, but many miles away in the north of England. Her earliest Disney memory is crying during Bambi at the Saturday morning cinema club! It wasn’t until her own children were small that her husband introduced her to the magic of Disneyland Paris, and since then she has become obsessed, proving Walt Disney’s own belief that “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever”. That was the seed of this story – that Disneyland is not just for children, but for anyone who is young at heart.

Elsa also writes romantic women’s fiction under the name of Liz Taylorson

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Twitter: @Elsasimonetti


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElsaSimonettiAuthor



This was a very simple, short, but sweet story. So it started a little slow for me, and a little too fairytale-ish. I hated all the characters… James was a mama’s boy/doormat, James’ mother was the wicked witch, and Bell was a whiney 5 yr. old… or so I thought. LOL Don’t worry it gets better!

Half way through I did really start to enjoy it a lot better. I am not into the whole Disney thing (I know some people are) but it was a nice setting for a Christmas story. And this one was very Christmassy! Yay!

Everyone’s character did a 180 for me! James ended up being a wonderful, sweet, understanding boyfriend. His mother, it turns out, had a very good reason for the way she was and she kind of stole the show for me. Belle, well I never really loved Belle, but she did get better for me! I was glad that she got the Christmas in Disney that she wanted 😊

This turned out to be a sweet, cute, romantic Christmas story.


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Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Herbal Remedies for Everyday Ailments - Richard Bray




Nature's Medicine Cabinet! Learn how to Harness the Amazing Medicinal Properties of Plants

For millennia, different cultures have recognized the immense healing potential of plants. With antibiotic-resistant infections on the rise, herbal remedies present a naturally effective alternative to standard antibiotics. In Herbal Antibiotics, Richard Bray, herbalist and bestselling author, explains how you can unlock the secrets of these natural remedies.

Are you of the opinion that "plants are just a food"? Think again! In fact:

·       They can boost your immune system and make you more resistant to infection.

·       They can be used to deal with a host of illnesses and ailments, naturally and safely.

·       They can increase stamina, improve mood, and even restore skin's youthful glow.

Everyone can Benefit from the Little-Known Knowledge Contained in this Herbalism Guide
In this comprehensive and research-backed book, you'll learn how to use herbs and fungi as a force for good in your life. You might be young or old, in peak condition or looking for ways to improve your health, a veteran plant lover or a fledgling herb fancier. Whoever you are, this herbalism guide will open your eyes to a new world. Be prepared to explore the value of natural healing and herbal medicine.

In this natural remedies book you'll discover:

·       The 24 "super-plants" that can deliver a powerful and potent boost to your health.

·       The 38+ illnesses and ailments that healers, physicians and therapists treat using herbal medicine. PLUS the specific plant used for each condition.

·       Detailed information on how to safely consume different herbs and fungi for the best possible health outcome.

·       How to easily prepare herbal remedies for medicinal use including little known herbal remedy recipes even a complete beginner can enjoy.

If you're looking for a practical and inexpensive way to boost your health - you've found it!

Buy Herbal Antibiotics now, and unlock nature's most powerful secret.



Nowadays, he finds himself at the opposite end of life. Having had a satisfying career, he now has time to potter around in his garden and take care of his small homestead. Much of the food on his dinner table is homegrown. He likes to experiment with various gardening methods and find new ways to grow bountiful crops year-round.

He wants to share his knowledge and show how easy and rewarding it is to set up your own prosperous garden and apply the healing power of plants. In his opinion, you don’t need a huge budget to get started. When you do get started, you will soon feel, and taste, the benefits of growing your own healthy food.



OK, first of all… now I need to buy a hard copy of this book to keep on my personal shelf because this is probably the most helpful/useful herbal remedy book I have seen. This book is excellent! I have reviewed many herbal remedy/alternative medicine books. Most of them are OK at best for beginners. But they somehow missed the mark. This, this is the book to buy! Very well done, very clear instructions, and wide range of herbs to use. I’m pretty experienced at alternative medicine I have been using it myself and making my own remedies for about 30 years. I had no arguments with anything in this book.

One thing I love about this book is that it gives you exact directions and how to make healing teas, infusions, decoctions, and tinctures.

After each herb he tells you exactly how to make either a tea or a tincture etc. When you buy a healing tea in a grocery store the directions on the box usually say to steep it for 2 to 5 minutes - WRONG! I’m sorry, but this is just wrong. You need to step it a lot longer than that. About 15 to 20 minutes to get all the healing properties out of the leaves, as this book says. So, thank you for getting it right!

He also gives you directions on how to make a syrup. Basically this is a decoction with added sugar. Personally, for my own use I would never add the sugar, I just don’t think my body needs the extra sugar and I’m fine with the taste. But if you were going to give this “medicine“ to children (or my husband) lol You may need to add the sugar and make a syrup.

I took a couple of classes years ago on how to make Healing tea, decoction‘s, infusions, and tinctures. Of all my years of schooling this class was the single most useful and best class I’ve ever taken. If you are interested in Alternative medicine/herbal medicine, I highly recommend you find somewhere that is doing a class, besides buying this book!

Some of the herbs used in this book are In your kitchen. Like garlic sage rosemary. But some of these may not be easily obtained from your local store, or in your backyard LOL (although some of them are!) but all of these can be pretty easily obtained via the Internet, thank God for that these days. But before you just blindly by herbs off the Internet… Please make sure that this is a reputable company, that all of the herbs are 100% guaranteed organic. Check the reviews!

You don’t want to be buying herbs for medicine that are laden with chemical or hormones etc. so just do your homework first. And if you have a local health store they could probably help you get what you need.

Another thing that I love about this book… Is that he backs it up with some science, because we all need a little scientific proof, right? So he gives you the science behind the healing properties. The “why this works“.

And example of one of the herbs in this book is elderberry. There is a huge section on elderberries! I know most of you have probably heard of elderberry syrup and the healing properties for colds and flu. But did you know that you could make elderberry gummy bears?! What a great way to get kids to use this. This book also gives you the correct dose to use for different ages. So for the elderberry gummy‘s children under five you would only want to give them two instead of four.

I know this review is very lengthy, but I always tell people the longer the review the better the book was! Bottom line is… This book is very thorough. It’s got great easy to follow directions on how to make herbal remedies using each of the herbs. If you are looking up for a very detailed but easy to understand and easy to follow book on how to make your own remedies - this is definitely the one! In my opinion this book is easy enough for a beginner, but even experienced herbalists like myself would definitely benefit from this. I am going to buy a hard copy of this for my own shelf and maybe also buy a copy for my daughter! I recommend you do the same.


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The Rage Room by Lisa de Nikolits - with a GIVEAWAY!


5 Stars!


What if you made the worst mistake of your life and got the chance to fix it? Only you made it so much worse? From the incomparable crafter of nine cross-genre works of fiction, Lisa de Nikolits expands her horizons to pen a grab- you-by-the-throat, feminist speculative-fiction thriller in the style of Groundhog Day meets The Matrix.

The perfect father kills his family on Christmas Eve, and tries to undo his actions by jumping back in time. The result is murder and mayhem in dystopia. Set in 2055, the world is run by robots and virtual data, while the weather is controlled by satellite dishes. Arts and culture are no more than distant memories. People are angry, placated by prescribed visits to rage rooms to vent their boredom, fury, and discontent. Beneath the sunny skies and behind the garbage-free suburban McMansions live deeply disturbed, materialistic families.

During his time travels and increasingly desperate attempts to reserve his colossal mistake, Sharps Barkley meets the leader of the Eden Collective, a feminist army determined to save the Earth by removing all artificial intelligence and letting the Earth restore itself—if necessary, at the expense of mankind. The Eden Collective uses data gathered from the rage rooms to analyze and predict the potential and actions needed for the Earth to reset and they need to prove that time travel is an effective tool. If Sharps can go back and save his children, then there is hope for the future. Sharps is the 49th experiment and his success is pivotal. Can love prevail over anger?

The Rage Room has a multi-layered plot that is fueled by a feminist-driven courage to take charge and save the world as it exposes the effects of an increasingly digital age on our lives and, ultimately, our humanity.

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Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits is an award-winning author whose work has appeared on recommended reading lists for both Open Book Toronto and the 49th Shelf, as well as being chosen as a Chatelaine Editor’s Pick and a Canadian Living Magazine Must Read.

She has published nine novels that most recently include: No Fury Like That (published in Italian under the title Una furia dell’altro mondo); Rotten Peaches and The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution. Lisa lives and writes in Toronto and is a member of the Sisters in Crime, Toronto Chapter; Sisters in Crime; Mesdames of Mayhem; and The International Thriller Writers.


Wow, wow, wow, 100 times wow, and a “holy crap“ thrown in there as well! Dang, this girl can write!

What if you royally screwed up your life? What if you did something so terrible, so inexcusable... And what if you had the chance to go back in time and fix it, over and over and over until you got it right… Or three or four times at least. But what if, every time you went back to fix it you actually made things worse?
Every little thing that you do affects the future. Think about that for a minute. Everything you say to someone, everything you do in your house, everything you do outside your house affects the future in one way or another. Mind blowing isn’t it?

In this crazy addictive book we are taken to a futuristic world where everything has been made “better” there’s no nature, no farms, and weather is controlled so, no snow, which I would be OK with LOL and it only rains at night. Sounds perfect, right?? Or is it?

This story centers on one main character, Sharps, a total geek. You want to love him, you really do, but he has a few issues. Hmmm... hero or screw up? That is the million dollar question here. He has some good intentions and a few good ideas but can he pull it off? If he can he just might set the world right again. 

In my interview with Lisa de Nikolits on Tues. she said - "I champion the underdog in a way that no one else does. There’s nothing I love more than an underdog, particularly one considered to be one of life’s rejects. Come to me, I will take you under my wing, I will give you a home, I will tell your story and give you a moment in the spotlight." and that she did with Sharps.

This book is an insane ride on a futuristic roller coaster that flips you upside down a few hundred times. It's crazy and scary and so real but you can't stop riding!

It's almost like Lisa wrote this for 2020. Over and over during this story I found myself nodding, agreeing, and thinking "This is so scary real!".  But Lisa also, staying true to her style, throws in a few laugh out loud moments. One of the things that I love about this book so much is that it empowers women! YAY, go us!

Here is one of my favorite excerpts -

“But why do single girls go mad sooner? And doesn’t that imply that all women go mad?“

“They do when they are forced to follow the mandates and dictates of mankind. You see that, Sharps? “Man”dates. “Dick”Tates”. Do you see the subliminal patriarchal influences we are all subjected to from the very time of our birth? Young women, particularly in my day, we’re encouraged to get married and have children. It was our primary purpose, our ultimate destiny. Anything else was considered meaningless. But the quest to communicate with men, to find a partner, do you have a meaningful relationship took its toll. Single girls had to go on countless dates and endure more of those awful encounters, to the point where they thought they were insane. In fact, they were simply trying to connect with a species ill-equipped to reciprocate in either thoughts or emotion. Finally, exhausted, the girl capitulated with the most suitable partner she could find, or she became weary and gave in to whoever was nearest. In so doing, she finally became a woman in the eyes of the patriarchal world but look what she gave up. She agreed to a lifelong sentence of being misunderstood in subjugated.”

This author really puts it out there! This book is gutsy, intense, scary at times, sad at times, but also hilarious at times. It's real and serious, but don't take it too seriously!

“All right then. We let it run out. The world, us and the mess we’ve made. In the meantime, will do the best we can, whatever that means, but we need to admit that as a species, humanity has failed. Life is a rage room, sharps, you know that better than anyone. That’s all it is. Angry people flailing about, hitting things and destroying rubbish from the past. Your children will grow up useless and depressed unless things change. We need to run dry and start again. No apps, no robots. Let the weather be the weather, let it fail us, reward us, and be real again! Let’s real crops grow again and make clothes from fibers found in nature! Ban plastic wherever possible. Have a real world again, instead of this fake, sterile tedium where everybody lives in a virtual reality that isn’t real at all.“

Mind blowing! Bravo Lisa! Thanks for an amazing ride!

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Exclusive interview with author Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa, I have known you for so long now (6 yrs!) that I really want this interview to be more personal. Like, just you and I sitting on my couch with a couple of glasses of wine chatting like girlfriends. 

My gosh, 6 years! We’ve had so many book adventures together! I feel like you really ‘get’ my off-the-wall sense of humour and writing style and I thank you with all my heart! It’s not an easy gig, putting one’s treasures out into the world particularly when those treasures are a bit odd-ball, so thank you Dear Wendy!

Lisa it is your odd sense of humor that attracts me to you!

So… red, white, or rose’? 

White! My personal favourite is Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and I’ve been a fan for many years! However it’s fairly pricey so it’s definitely a special occasion purchase! Also, sadly, since I get really bad headaches that are aggravated by alcohol so I have to keep my imbibing to a gentle minimum. 

I am definitely going to look up that wine that you mentioned LOL I don’t drink a lot to be honest maybe just a couple glasses a week. I am a riesling person myself!

I'll have to try Riesling now too! I know me too - it never adds up to more than a couple of glasses a week!

Lisa, please promise me that you will never stop writing! I cannot even imagine not having at least one of your books to read every single year for the rest of my life.

You have my word my Dear! I am very happy to hear that! The next book is Mad Dog and the Sea Dragon and it’s scheduled for spring of 2022. It was scheduled for 2021 but a lot of books got moved around because of Covid-19. 

Ahhhhhh! I’m so excited!! I hope that I will be on your list of reviewers.

Oh for sure my Dear, I'd love that!

I have really enjoyed following you on Instagram. Each day I look for your posts, see what you are up to and where your bike will take you next.

Tell me about your bike, Maxwell, what’s the story? I know there must be a story!

And - you have inspired me to take pictures on my walks and post them as well.

I am so very glad that you like the pics – I love seeing your posts too! I love Instagram! I find it a really positive experience. Each social media platform has its own personality and while I used to be a big Facebook fan, I find I enjoy the Inta energy more. It’s a great outlet for creativity and friendship and a lovely way to see what one’s friends have been up to in that day. I feel bad though, for neglecting my Facebook friends by not hanging out there – it’s like walking past a café you used to frequent but then you’ve found a new spot and so you sort of slink by, apologizing quietly and promising to return later! In a time of Covid, social media has been a great resource for keeping in touch and helping one another through this quite bizarre and heart-wrenching time. 

I am so glad you like Maxwell! Do you know, I've had him for fourteen years and I only got out on him occasionally but I really got into the swing of things this summer and I'm an addict! Unfortunately, we are now headed for a Canadian winter and I'm not really great at riding in temperatures under 15 degrees Celsius so to this end, I've bought a small stationary bike dubbed Maxine and she and I will have to bond during these long grey months. I think I am the slowest cyclist in the world but I never self-judge I just do what I can. 

Yes I agree, I love Instagram! I was never really a Facebook person myself. I really only post reviews on there and I used to comment on other peoples posts LOL.

I have a stationary bike as well. Of course I don’t ride it as much as I should. I love that you named your stationary bike Maxine LOL I hope you and her have a wonderful long winter relationship!

I'm so glad I'm not alone about Facebook! LOL I think I am the world's slowest stationary bike rider out there! I amble! I asked a few cyclist friends for their numbers - distance, speed and pulse rate. Let's just say they were very bemused when I told them mine! But hey, at least I'm moving!
I cycle while watching Blacklist with James Spader!

My two favorite books of yours are, The Nearly Girl, and No Fury like that. They both blew me away. No fury like that I read twice, and the nearly girl I’m actually contemplating reading a second time. I’ve only done that with like two other books in my life. 

That being said, of all the books that you’ve written which one or two are your personal favorites and why?

You’ve picked two of my favorites too! Before The Rage Room, The Nearly Girl was my favourite, followed by No Fury Like That! They were such fun books to write and I loved the characters so much! And I was so delighted by their antics and adventures. It may well be that The Rage Room is my favourite because its my newest one but I don’t think it’s just that. I love the characters with all my heart. It was however, the hardest book to write because of the world building and the time travel. No more time travel for me, it’s too tough! A publisher I know said time travel causes nose bleeds and she is right! 

I love time travel books! But I would think that it would be very hard to write. Your books are always very character driven. I always love your characters and they always have excellent character development!

I am so very happy to hear that! I'm extremely fond of the crew in The Rage Room - but of course, I'd say that! 

So the next question I have to ask you, I hate to, but I feel with what’s going on in the world today it is inevitable… Has, or how has Covid affected your writing this past 8 months?

Writing has always been my escape hatch in life, the place I go to have fun, hang out with my imaginary friends and work through issues that are bugging me. I always find a way to work through things by writing – not like journaling but by taking events and trying to find a resolution for them. Writing is problem solving for me!

That said, this was an incredibly busy year and I am behind on my usual quota of having written a new book for the year. When we all started working from home, the hours got extended like crazy and we were all doing fourteen hours a day, adjusting to online life. And I work for a weekly magazine which is not for the faint of heart. My editor once commented that working for a weekly is like trying to drink from a fire hose and she’s right!

I also kept working on The Rage Room until the eleventh hour which was the end of May and then there were edits with my publisher and all the work that goes into putting a book out into the world. So I am behind on my book production but I have been so hectic!

Who would’ve thought that a lockdown/stay at home orders would actually cause us to be busier? But I know exactly what you mean. I have been extremely busy myself ever since March!

Another personal question, just me and you sitting on this couch sipping wine, of all the movie actresses out there which one do you think you could be best friends with and why? 

Mine would be Sandra Bullock. I have always loved her, she’s my favorite actress. In every movie she’s done she is a strong female but very snarky and sarcastic, and that is so me. Oh wait a minute… Maybe that’s why I love your books so much LOL

I love Sandra Bullock too! I have, ever since she was in The Thing Called Love in 1993! I’d love to meet Tilda Swinton although I think I’d be really afraid to chat to her, I’d love to meet Charlize Theron too as we’re both originally from South Africa. 

I knew we were kindred spirits! I don’t know if I’ve seen anything with Tilda Swinton? I will have to make a point of watching a couple of her movies. And of course Charlize Theron! Love her as well!

If I were to tell a friend about you hoping to turn them onto you (or worn them) or both 

I would say “Lisa has an extremely different writing style, unlike any other author I have read before. She takes chances and seems like she’s not afraid of the critic. Her style is snarky, sarcastic, and very real. Her books definitely make you think."

What would YOU say to someone hoping to turn them onto your books?

Ah thank you Dear Wendy! I’m going to admit that I always fear this question because I hate ‘selling’ my books to people. Some authors are really good at it – before Covid, I went to a lot of book conventions and after you’ve been on a panel, you go back to the book room and entice people to buy your book. I hated this part so much that at one convention, I got ‘lost’ and couldn’t find the book room. I was later met by a really lovely man from Wisconsin who said he tracked me down to sign a copy of the book because he loved my work so much and had been really disappointed when I wasn’t in the book room. I never got lost again! 

I guess - since we are being super honest here, that a part of me fears rejection and because my books aren’t the usual, I have had the experience where I’ve described them and the person at the other end got a vague look like she’d rather be cleaning her floorboards than chatting to me! 

But seriously, what do my books offer? I champion the underdog in a way that no one else does. There’s nothing I love more than an underdog, particularly one considered to be one of life’s rejects. Come to me, I will take you under my wing, I will give you a home, I will tell your story and give you a moment in the spotlight. So many of my characters visit me long after the books were published and I am so glad they’re in the world. 

First, that was a great story! And I do notice that about your characters, that they are the underdogs in that you do seem to take them under your wing within your books.

Exactly! I rescue them from society and themselves - well, I try! Sometimes they resist being rescued!

So what’s next for you Lisa? I am sure you are working on a new book already.

Oh yes! I have sequel for The Rage Room in my head and on paper! I’ve got it all mapped out and I am so excited to start it. But when I write a book, I fall down a rabbit hole so deep that nothing else exists at all and I have to clear the decks of my life in order to do that. I am hoping to start in December. The book is tentatively called The 48 and I can’t wait to start it!

OMG! I cannot even imagine a sequel!

 It's going to be very different! I too wonder what will actually transpire! I guess we'll see!

Thanks so much Lisa for having a glass of wine with me! It is always a pleasure. You are not only a fantastic author but just a wonderful person! I will look for you on Instagram! 

Ah thank you my Dear! The best thing about the whole writing experience is the friends we make along the way! Thank you very much for being with me on this journey!

I love being able to call you "Friend"!