Feature and Follow: What If You Found Yourself Inside a Favorite Book?

Q: What is the first thing you would do if you woke up to find yourself in your favorite book?

A: In high school, I spent a summer working in a public library. Back then, we still had card catalogs and we stamped books with due dates. Those few months gave me a chance to experience different genres by way of shelving the many different books and picking what I wanted to read, and also read new fiction and non-fiction when it came out. It was a building block for my love of books today. So what would I do if I found myself inside a favorite book? I would be in heaven and would jump for joy - then the alarm clock would jar me back to reality.

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Bettie Page Presents The Librarian by Logan Belle

Inspired by the story of the iconic Bettie Page, Logan Belle’s sizzling erotic novel explores the transformation of Regina Finch from shy librarian to the object of one powerful man’s all-consuming desire. Regina Finch, brilliant and bookish, has worked her way up to her dream job as a librarian at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library. But her discovery of the sordid sexual adventures of a rakish, young scion among the hallowed halls and sacred stacks of the library unleashes a confusing blend of repulsion and desire that threatens to consume her. It is only through her discovery of Bettie Page—the world’s most popular ingenue-turned-fetish-model—and Page’s own sexual awakening that Regina can hope to discover her sexual prowess and seduce the man she loves. 
So, here we go with another erotic story toying with submissives and the underground lifestyle they choose to live. But this story was different and I enjoyed reading the romance between the two characters. After all, the main character is a librarian - instant hook for me. They come from completely different backgrounds - she's a good girl type who doesn't know the package she has so to speak and he's rich and powerful and has an eye for fashion - and some scenes were humorous, such as him getting her a new book bag. She's completely unaware of her lack of fashion sense and everyone else knows it all.

Unlike many BDSM romance stories, this was less about the actual scenes themselves and the control act that follows such scenes, but about the blossoming love story of the two people involved. Sebastian seemed real, too, and he didn't play many mind games with her. But in the end, I liked Regina much more than Sebastian.

Bettie Page comes into play with Regina's physical resemblance to her, as well as her ability to eventually have fun and be in command of her own sexuality. The ending was too convenient and came way too fast as well as her 'transformation'. From nervous virgin to comfortably-dominated vixen in just a few months? Hmmm. And I thought the publisher's intro didn't match the book. Regina didn't discover Bettie Page on her own as it seems to allude to. Her coworker remarked on her looks at the beginning and Sebastian wanted her to be 'a Bettie' by way of owning her own desires at the end.

All in all, it was a quick and well-written read and if you are looking for edgier romance with a happy ending, this would probably fit the bill well.

Book Info:
  • Bettie Page Presents: The Librarian;  by Logan Belle
  • Pocket Star E-books; 2012
  • ISBN13: 9781476704159

Disclosure: This eARC was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.

Vegan Lunch Box Cookbook by Jennifer McCann

Vegan activist, Jennifer McCann, is the creator of the Vegan Lunch Box blog that celebrates the vegan lifestyle with fun and tasty vegan meals for the whole family. But if vegan recipes for school lunch boxes are needed, McCann's Vegan Lunch Box is filled with animal-free recipes and sample menus.

For all menus in the book, McCann works to create lunch meals that are complete and well-balanced. She makes it a point to incorporate these six items into every menu: whole grains, protein, fruit, vegetables, calcium, and dessert. If you're making up your own menus, remembering to incorporate those items into any vegan lunch meal makes it more rounded, and easier to create: just pick something in each category for an easily put-together lunch.

Read the review and try out the recipe for Tofu Fish Sticks.

Just Tell Me What to Eat: Real World Meal Plans by Timothy Harlan

Just Tell Me What to Eat, by Timothy Harlan, provides a 6-week weight loss plan using both convenience foods and homemade recipes.

Timothy S. Harlan's approach to dieting is not telling his readers what not to eat, but rather what to eat. Harlan, a physician and chef, runs the website DrGourmet.com and is the author of the two heart-healthy books It's Heartly Fare and Hand On Heart. His book, Just Tell Me What to Eat isn't based on fad dieting; it simply tells the reader what and why to eat the suggestion menu items.

Amazon: Just Tell Me What to Eat!: The Delicious 6-Week Weight Loss Plan for the Real World

Just Tell Me What to Eat Overview and Chapters

The core of the book has 6 weeks of menus and two bonus weeks which help lay out how the recipes and suggestions can be incorporated in a typical family menu. The three principles of Just Tell Me What to Eat are eat high quality calories (whole grains and low fat proteins), eat according to the Mediterranean diet principles, and make your own meals whenever possible. The three basic principles are heart-healthy for long term weight loss.

All menus have recipes that are included in the book (a new recipe a day), and have a convenience food and a restaurant meal alternative. For nights when time is short, Harlan lists convenience meals that can be stored in the freezer, and have been reviewed by Dr. Gourmet tasters.

The chapters are listed by week, with the bonus weeks at the end. Chapter One focuses on the basics like eating a good breakfast, making your own lunch, and how to arrange your dinner plate. Chapters Two and Three give advice on menu planning and shopping, including how to read food labels and portion sizes. Chapters Four and Five deal with the Mediterranean diet pantry staples and snacking. Chapter 6 offers advice on eating on the go, and dining out in restaurants when at home or out of town.

There are 42 recipes in the book, which coincide with the 42 days in the 6-week menu plan: a new recipe to try every day of the 6-week diet regimen. Over 25 additional recipes are included in the bonus weeks, along with several desserts to try. There are no photos in the book, but the nutritional and diet information that the book contains makes up for that deficit.

Recommended for Those Wanting a Simple Menu Plan to Follow for Healthy Eating

The easy-to-follow menu guide approach for weight loss makes Just Tell Me What to Eat a good read for those who have never put a menu together, let alone one for healthy cooking. Also, rather than stating all the things that shouldn't be consumed on the diet, Harlan instead focuses on all the items to eat which makes the menu plan more positive and easier to follow for the long term. The recipes include a wide variety of cuisines, like pizza with a Thai peanut sauce or a spring barley salad, so there is no flavor burnout during the 6-week diet plan.

Book Information:
  • Just Tell Me What to Eat! The Delicious 6-Week Weight Loss Plan for the Real World; by Timothy S. Harlan, MD
  • Da Capo Press, 2011
  • ISBN13: 9780738214528
  • Hardcover with Jacket, 309 pages

Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.

Welcoming Kitchen by Kim Lutz

Cookbook author Kim Lutz has created recipes that are free from common food allergens, and also vegan and gluten-free. Recipes are family friendly.

For people with any kind of food allergy, a simple chore such as grocery shopping can be a challenge. Those looking for allergen-free and gluten-free recipes and meal planning ideas, can find it in Welcoming Kitchen, which also gives helpful pantry stocking solutions. Menus are included for all occasions, with simple, healthy recipes.

Read the full review, as well as try a recipe from the book: Artichoke Fritters.

Vintage Jewelry Design: History on Jewerly Classics to Collect and Wear

Caroline Cox explores jewelry design styles from 1890 to modern designs of today. Period photographs show models wearing the pieces through the years.

Vintage Jewelry Design, by Caroline Cox, explores different designs of jewelry from ten different time periods: 1890-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and modern tastes from 1990 to today. At the end of each time period, Cox reviews the key looks, with color photographs and commentary.
Read the full review of this great history book on jewelry.


Chains Chains Chains - Metalworking Jewelry Book Dedicated to Making Chains

Chains Chains Chains: 25 Necklaces, Bracelets & Earrings

Joanna Gollberg and Nathalie Mornu team up to present 25 different jewelry designs from 22 leading designers in a book dedicated to chainmaking.

Chains Chains Chains is a jewelry making book that deals exclusively with creating metal chains. Chains are created from a wide range of materials, from basics like sterling silver and brass wire, to exotic materials like palladium and 18-karat gold wire. Basic bench tools and metal properties, along with metal designing techniques, add to the usefulness of the book.

Read the full review.

Healthy Baking Cookbook Review - Green Market Baking Book

Green Market Baking Book: 100 Delicious Recipes by Laura Martin

Baked goods such as chocolate cupcakes and apple pie bring to mind family favorites and sweet treats. Is it possible to bake desserts like these without refined sugar? That was Laura Martin's goal when she set out asking her culinary friends for recipes of baked goods using local ingredients without refined sugars. Green Market Baking Book is the collection of recipes from chefs and bakers that incorporate organic, seasonal ingredients and that are sweetened with natural sugars.

Read the full review on the Pastry Sampler Blog.

Cruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb

The first book to review for 2013 will probably end up being the hardest. Cruel Harvest is a memoir written by Fran Elizabeth Grubb and in she describes the most violent and soul wrenching experiences that no child should have to endure. To say she rose from despair and poverty is an understatement.

Grubb recounts the life that her mother, siblings, and herself endured at the hands of an abusive and alcoholic husband and father. His uncontrolled anger would send him into fits of rage that would end up with one member of the family or another being beaten, harassed, belittled, and or sexually abused, and that would continue until someone would have the strength to leave. And the abuse scenes were harrowing and very much in detail. I'm surprised she remembered in detail the beatings she and the other children around her endured. This was very much a hard read, but it does show that a will to survive and a resounding faith can turn a person in another direction than one that has already been carved. She could have ended up like her father being an abuser herself but she chose not to.

For much of her life Frances travels with her migrant farming family working in different fields, traveling from state to state with the growing and harvesting seasons. Because of this, there is no school for any of them, and no other children that they can make friendships. They are essentially alone and become the support for each other. Despite what all Grubb had been through, she ends up strong, healthy, and married to a man who insists on putting a headstone on her abusive father's unmarked grave many years later. To say that in itself is a testament of will and faith is an understatement.

Book Information:
  • Cruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb with Bryan Reardon
  • Thomas Nelson; 2012
  • ISBN13: 9781595555052
  • Hardcover, dust jacket; 255 pages

Disclosure: This was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.