Pause

Monday, May 28, 2018



I've been going round and round in my head about how to write this post and what to say. I thought about including funny pictures, best memories, or some clever quote. I am not sure that any of those fit the bill.

To that end, I just want to let you know that I have decided to hit 'Pause' here at He Said Books or Me. Even typing those words makes me cringe a bit. This decision was not made lightly and is with a slightly heavy heart.

But it is not all gloom and doom. The reason for my 'Pause' is that I have been accepted into a Ph.D program. I have been waiting for this my entire life! I am so excited about the journey and all that is to come. That said, I just have a number of 'unknowns' about work load, life balance and so much more. Things that I do not know the answer to right now.

To that end, I have decided to 'Pause' things over here for a bit. I don't know how long that will be or what it will involve quite yet. I do know that, I strive to bring you high quality content and to be a blog that adds value to the book world.

I appreciate all of your help and support over the years. While I work through the next little bit, I appreciate your patience. I hope that soon things will become clearer for me and soon I will have a better idea of where I go next with this blog.

Thank you for everything.

 
Happy Reading!

Book Review: Organized Enough

Sunday, May 27, 2018



Author:  Amanda Sullivan 
 
Summary from Goodreads:

This is not a book that tells you to throw everything out and live austerely. You don't need a sock drawer that brings you joy or a kitchen from a design magazine; what you do need is to be organized enough to feel in control and serene. Organized Enough offers a ground–breaking, science–driven method for maintaining organization: it addresses not just the steps of decluttering but also of developing the habits to stay clutter–free. Amanda Sullivan shares the method that has brought great success to her clients—from celebrities to hoarders. With seven concepts to help you define your goals and seven essential habits to keep chaos and clutter at bay, you will learn to reframe how you think about your space, your stuff, and your life.


Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the publisher. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Personal Review:
When I was first contacted about his book, I knew that I needed to read it. Any tips and tricks that I can get for decluttering my life are always welcome. I really appreciate that the author takes the time to help you think about what it is that matters to you, what are your goals. By starting there it allows you place to begin and to expand on.

This book kept me engaged and I enjoyed the insights throughout. It was not limited to only your stuff, but also about your life and all of the complexities associated with. All in all, I enjoyed this book.

Thanks for the opportunity.

 
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Book Excerpt: Everything Is Here To Help You

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Stopping by today to share with you an excerpt about a new book that may be of interest to you! :)
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THE FOLLOWING EXCERPT HAS BEEN REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM

EVERYTHING IS HERE TO HELP YOU

A Loving Guide to Your Soul’s Evolution

As the ancient scriptures say, “In the beginning, there was the Word.”

This is a perfect way to describe my journey as an intuitive. I would find myself mentally resting in an open, blank space with the excitement of a child ready to open presents on Christmas morning. When the time was right, out of nowhere, words spoke through me as spontaneous streams of inspired wisdom. No matter how flawlessly it always worked out, each and every time, it always felt like I was standing at the threshold of one of life’s most suspenseful and exhilarating encounters, supplied only with the clear impulse of each instinct and an irrefutable will to serve the well-being of every heart—often with just one auspicious hour to radically transform the life of someone I’d never met.

This has been the vivid testimony of my daily experience that I have been so blessed to explore over the past 14 years. Since following an instinct to walk out of college one crisp November afternoon, when I boldly declared the Universe my university of higher learning, I have been guided by an irrefutable force of inner knowing. It’s an immaculate flow of insight that has used each of my personal experiences to be the teacher, empath, and intuitive healer that I never knew I was destined to become.

It always felt ironic to be a spontaneous source of clarity for others and yet totally in the dark as to where my own life was headed. In a journey that often feels like it began just yesterday, more than 13,000 healing sessions later I have become keenly familiar with how the spiritual path ebbs and flows, from one level of expansion to the next. It has provided me with a lengthy examination to understand why people who often begin a spiritual journey fail to find the true relief, unwavering peace, existential joy, and profound clarity that is here to be uncovered.

Throughout each session, I would listen with captivated interest to the feedback each person offered about various paths, transformational processes, healing modalities, and mystical approaches. It was as if the Universe was teaching me the ins and outs of an old spiritual paradigm I was here to help transform.

I remember so often hearing people talk about specific stumbling blocks or moments of confusion from their initial spiritual paths, and on the inside, most of it didn’t make any bit of sense. If it weren’t for the cascading stream of clarity that ran through my mind in response to any question or concern, I’d probably just sit across from each person in complete awe and disbelief.

As their questions and my intuitive responses provided a necessary dialogue to bring me up to speed on how most people pursued the healing, awakening, and transformation of reality, I began noticing themes emerging that revealed cracks throughout a crumbling, outdated, spiritual paradigm. This inspired an insatiable desire to provide each human being with the profound spiritual experiences I had been encountering throughout my life.

While a spiritual journey has always been a fundamental transition from ego to soul, I began to see how those in search of truth weren’t necessarily exploring it from the soul’s perspective. Instead, many facets of inner growth were explored from the ego’s point of view. In my first book, Whatever Arises, Love That, I explained the nature of ego as the imaginary identity of an overstimulated nervous system. Such patterns of overstimulation get created in our early years of development by subconsciously believing we will be more liked by others if we are more like others. This creates a psychological cocoon of human conditioning for the soul to inhabit until it is ready to awaken and expand into the light of its highest potential. Suffice it to say, the ego is the limiting beliefs, self-defeating choices, and narrow viewpoints of dormant consciousness. As consciousness begins waking up, limiting beliefs dissolve, self-defeating choices no longer resonate, and narrow viewpoints are exchanged for more expansive perspectives.

The purpose of our evolution is to shift out of ego and into the brightness of the soul, but it is often misconstrued when we are under the impression that ego and soul are separate. While the ego and soul can exist as two different experiences, they are both aspects of an omnipresent Source of Divine Intelligence.

Such a truth highlights the interconnectedness of the Universe that unites all things as one, no matter how separate they seem or how much distance exists between them. While the ego is the soul in its most dormant state of incubation, the soul is a fully embodied expression of Source energy. Between these two aspects, a spiritual journey unfolds.

In order for a spiritual journey to offer the most rewarding experiences, the question remains: Is it being explored from the ego or from the soul’s perspective?

If one pursues spiritual growth from the standpoint of ego, they are bound to remain in ego, no matter how much inner work they complete. If one learns how to evolve from the soul’s perspective, more vivid experiences of life can occur. Since the soul is a conscious expression of Source energy, it resonates with a depth of clarity that is as harmonious, inclusive, and kind as it is direct, effective, and potent.

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Thank you Matt for sharing with us!

 
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Book nerd bites: The Things We Learn When We Are Dead

Friday, May 25, 2018

Book Nerd Bites is an original monthly feature created by some lovely book bloggers Becca, Cyra, Kristie, Natasha, and I as part of the Book Blogger Creativity Project hosted by Nori. Thanks to my team for coming up with a fun and creative way to satisfy both our book-- and actual appetites!   
Each month we will be sharing exciting recipes inspired by some of our favorite books. Feel free to join in, but please make sure you link your post back to us so we can enjoy your favorite bookish delights as well!

Don't forgot to use if you want to share your food inspiration with us on twitter or instagram!


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Today for my post for this project, I will be featuring...The Things We Learn When We're Dead!



Mini Review: When I saw that this one was a modern day Wizard of Oz retelling, I knew that I had to read it. The book is funny throughout and it certainly makes you think. What is about our decisions that make us who we are? How do they shape us? If we did things differently, would our lives change? In this book, we follow along as all of these are considered. I don't want to give you too many details because I think it is worth the read for anyone who is interested in those topics. This book left me wondering what would come next and wanting to read more. Thank you for the opportunity. Disclaimer: I was awarded a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. **************************
And now for an inspired treat....or two or three :)

Snacks!

Happy eating and reading! 

Recap

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Stopping by with a couple of mini reviews.

When: The Scientific Research of Perfect Timing
I have always enjoyed Daniel Pink and his books. They make me think and wonder how I can be better and do more in my days. This one was no different. I enjoyed this book.

Leah on the Offbeat
The new Love, Simon! I was happy to be reunited with these guys and to find how things have been going. I kept seeing this one play out as a movie. Hope it ends up that way!

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
This was so filled with so much emotion. I enjoyed it, but my heart felt a million different things for Ivy. What an interesting time for her. A good, cute read.

Wonder

My niece recommended this one to me. It was a take on a perspective that I have not had much exposure to before. I know this one was recently made a movie, may have to check that out soon.

Educated
What a powerful book! I enjoyed this one and the author's vulnerability about everything that has happened in her life. For those of you who are interested in memoirs or education, you may wish to pick this up.

Surprise Me
This was okay. I didnt love it like I do some of other Sophie's books, but I didn't hate it either. I thought the characters were full of life and ideas on how to surprise your significant other. An interesting book.

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, May 23, 2018



Hi Everyone!

Excited to be here and bring you a book that I think sounds amazing! :)


Author: Emma MillsRelease Date: January 15, 2019
 
Summary from Goodreads:
For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for. 

Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm's length. Sophie in particular. 

Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story

 
Happy Reading!

Guest Post with Andrea Fehsenfeld

Tuesday, May 22, 2018



Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from Andrea. Please help me give a warm welcome!

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I’ve worked as a TV producer for many years and on set, actors are always asking directors ‘what’s my motivation?’ In other words, why is this scene important? How can it come to life in a way that’s true for the character and resonates with viewers? If its not compelling, if its not authentic, it falls flat.

When I committed to fiction writing in 2015, all I could think about was what was my motivation? How would I make a story compelling? The usual suspects of strong plot, characters and pacing were parts of that equation, but the fairy dust, the real magic, in every story comes from an author’s personal well. What experience(s) shaped us, defined us, make us unique? The raison d’etre for writing any book – the one that grips like a Chihuahua on a pant leg and won’t let go – is what makes a book special. Finding that compelling idea and rendering it into a story that resonates is the biggest task of all.

One life-changing incident triggered my debut novel Completion and you might be surprised to hear it all started with a lie, but don’t all good stories start with a bit of mischief?

It was 1985. February. It was raining, of course. Vancouver, BC is a rain forest seven months of the year. Frustrated, webbing growing between my toes, I called my friend Tim and we came up with a plan. Both our fathers’ worked for the airlines and we had access to cheap buddy passes. We could escape to Hawaii for a mere twenty five dollars. The catch? We couldn’t afford hotels. We barely had money for air fare. 

I was sixteen years old, so I did what all teenagers do to get what they want: I lied.

I told my parents we would be staying with friends of Tim’s and vice-versa. (Sound familiar, anyone?) But there were no friends. And since this was a time known as BHP - Before Helicopter Parenting - our parents didn’t ask any more questions or think twice. Go, they said. Have fun.

Backpacks in hand, no clue what we were in for, we hopped a flight to Oahu.

Seventeen hours later, my father received the dreaded phone call. A grim faced Hawaiian cop growled, “We have your daughter in custody.”

The night prior, with no place to stay, Tim and I had cased a variety of crash-worthy locations. We found low hanging fruit in the form of a pool cabana rooftop, belonging to some cheap motel. In the light of a full moon, we shimmied up a drain pipe to access it. The roof was flat, quiet and we promptly fell asleep.

The next morning, coconut fronds swaying above us, we were ordered down by two officers. A tenant in an apartment building across from the motel saw us and called us in. My parents should have been furious, but thankfully my father and I were similar. Travellers. Adventurers. Rebels. Growing up in post war Germany, he eschewed his parents’ strict rules. He hung out in sketchy jazz bars, when jazz was considered ‘devil’s music’. He smoked and drank too much. He’d travel to Paris for the weekend with friends and sleep off hangovers curled up in a ditch.

In other words, I had an ally. But it meant another lie.

Busted on a Monday, our return flight was still six days away. Scrambling, I told my father we could only get access to Tim’s friend’s apartment starting Wednesday. So he convinced the Hawaii police I wasn’t a run away, paid for two nights in the hotel and all was good. Except on Wednesday we were back in the same boat: homeless.

As the evening sun dipped lower in the tropical sky, we were lounging on Waikiki Beach, assessing the odds of being mugged if we decided to sleep there, when a dishevelled man weaved towards us. At first, he tried to sell us a collection of ugly etchings. Fast forward twenty minutes: when he found out we had no place to stay he offered us to crash with his ‘friends.’ Thrilled with our good fortune, we said why not?

At the far end of the beach, his friends - three other men, each with funny, pony-tailed hairdos – rinsed off in the outdoor shower and changed into flowing peach robes. Tim and I exchanged knowing glances but they seemed harmless enough. We all wedged ourselves into a late model Honda minivan and disappeared into the Hawaiian night. 

After an hour of winding roads in utter blackness, we finally came to a stop. Our accommodations for the night: a shack in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by farm animals. (We were unable to stay on the official cult property since we weren’t actual members.) Told we would be fetched at three a.m. for chanting, they left us and continued to their compound.

In the dark hut, we were surprised to find out our beds were literally mangers: wooden rectangles filled with straw. Pierced by the prickly shafts and chilly under thin, rough blankets, when a confused rooster started crowing non-stop, all we could is laugh ourselves to sleep.

We stayed with the Hare Krishnas for four days. We chanted, we prayed, we added salt peter (an alleged sexual urge suppressor) to chocolate chip cookies sold in nearby Hanauma Bay. The diverse members fascinated me and I peppered them with questions. What brought them here? What was missing in their lives? How long would they stay? Answers were vague and I couldn’t pinpoint the allure. Of course, Tim and I were encouraged to join, but as our departure day loomed, we let them down gently. Thanks, but no thanks. And the Krishnas, being gentle souls, let us leave.

But the experience lingered. It sparked a lifelong interest in cults and I knew one day, that would turn into a book.  Little did I know one day meant thirty years later.

My path to writing hit many detours. Careers in finance and TV took precedence. But I knew something was missing: an unfulfilled desire to write. When the story of Completion started to bubble out, it was like every cell in my body had re-arranged. A stranger coming into a cult environment brims with natural tension and when I meshed the cult concept with a supernatural encounter I had in my thirties, it was a potent premise. I had my motivation. I had my compelling.

A writer’s unique perspective is what brings a story alive. It’s the motivation behind the words. Without my vivid experiences, Completion wouldn’t ring true. Writers are always advised to write what they know. This isn’t just sage advice - it’s the best advice.

And although a lie kick started my entire process, in the end, it allowed me to write the truth.

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Andréa is an award winning TV producer and Completion is her debut novel.
It is available in paperback and e-book here: https://amzn.com/1775209105
 
Happy Reading!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Monday, May 21, 2018

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. I learned about this meme from Lori at Palmer's Page Turners. Thank you for sharing this fun meme! 


What I Just Finished Reading






What I'm Currently Reading

TBD!



What I am Reading Next

TBD!

Q&A with Mark Morrison

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a Q&A from author Mark Morrison. Please help me welcome him to the blog!

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Where do you get your ideas?

1. I continually daydream about bizarre images and thoughts from dreams I've had in the past or from the prior night. I have a horrific sleep pattern that wakes me every hour all night, consequently inundating me with a fresh batch of peculiar dreams and nightmares.

I keep a notepad and pen at my bedside to jot down the images before they slip away. An unlucky few manage to slip away before I can journal them for future reprieve otherwise they're still trapped within the organic bondage of my mind. Through my now disciplined writings I've allowed some of the lucky ones to escape to the freedom of my first novel, TwoSpells. I'll consider pardoning another batch of weird mind games and characters in future books.


What is your writing process like?
2I wake between 2:30 and 3:00 am every day. My body clock was set many years ago. I exercise, then begin writing while the house is quiet and peaceful. That lasts until I have to ready myself for work at 6:30. When I'm through work, usually around 3:30 to 4:00 pm I ride my bicycle ten miles (I ride approximately 30-50 miles a week.) then write for a couple of hours. But on the weekends I can squeeze in a whole lot more writing time.


What advice do you have for writers?
3. Whatever a person's passion I'd hope they'd pursue it with zeal. You don't want to wake up one day and look into the mirror and say, 'I'll bet I could have done that too.' Life's short make a difference.

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Thanks Mark for being here today!

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More information (from Amazon) about Twin Spells:
Sarah and her twin brother Jon are heirs to an ancient magical realm and its most valuable treasure: an enchanted library. The library endows readers with the supernatural means of crossing into the uncharted inner sanctum of the second-dimension, inhabited with peculiar and sometimes perilous creatures. Both children are emboldened with a wondrous, mystical gift that no being has ever possessed before. But fate intervenes and triggers a disastrous war that disrupts the fabric of time and space, spanning multiple universes and tearing destiny a new and savage pathway. The two must rescue their world from a phantom hybrid alien race controlled by the demented dark wizard, Jeremy Sermack. They'll either assimilate or be exterminated. Will they be the saviors that the prophets envisioned, or will they retreat to the perceived safety of their distant homeland?

Happy Reading!

Book Tag: The Coffee Book Tag

Saturday, May 19, 2018




This is a really fun tag that was created by BangadyBangz and I just had to give this one a go because… its about one of my favorite things! J


  • Black – a book that was hard to get into but has a lot of die-hard fans


  • Peppermint Mocha – a book that gets popular around the holiday season

  • Hot chocolate – your favourite children’s book


  • Double espresso – a book that kept you on the edge of your seat


  • Starbucks – a book that you see everywhere


  • Oops… I Accidentally Got Decaf – a book you expected more from

  • The Perfect Blend – a book with the perfect combination of bitter and sweet


  • Green Tea – a book that is quietly beautiful

  • Chai Tea – a book that makes you dream of far-off places

Happy Reading and don't forget the Coffee! :)

PS. Feel free to tag yourself if you want to play along! 

Guest Post with Helga Gruendler-Schierloh

Friday, May 18, 2018



Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today with a guest post from Helga, please help me give her a warm welcome! :)

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Guest Blog for Helga Gruendler-Schierloh

Author of “Burying Leo,” a Novel
“Burying Leo,” my recently released women’s novel, developed rather gradually—and predominantly for the following three reasons:

1)         I abhor any kind of violence

To me, there are very few legitimate reasons for hurting—physically, mentally, emotionally—any living creature. I am especially concerned with the still rather prevalent mistreatment of women and children in our so-called civilized society.

I strongly believe that sexual assault is one of the worst things to happen to a female. Besides causing physical pain and injuries, it cuts deeply into the very essence of a woman’s being. It messes with her psyche, tarnishes her self-image and mutilates her soul. Even if some of the perpetrators are eventually held accountable, whatever punishment they receive can never undo their vicious deed.

It also cannot be pointed out often enough that rape is first and foremost a crime of “violence.” Trying to shift the blame to the victims by accusing them of dressing or behaving inappropriately seems a lame excuse for assaulting other human beings. That’s also why people in power should never use their superior position to hurt or humiliate anyone who depends on them—be it in a private or a work situation.

2)         I am in awe of people’s resilience in their quest for survival         

Throughout the years, I have received the most favorable responses to my human interest stories, such as memoirs and personal essays, which either contained uplifting messages or at least ended on a positive note. I credit the success of those shorter pieces to my tendency of writing “what you know”—even in fiction.
In developing my characters and storyline, I tend to fall back on personal experiences and some of the more unforgettable players in them. However, once I review my memories through my literary lens, and emerge them in an imaginary tale, they are reflecting a new reality. Only my geographical descriptions remain predominantly untouched, which allows my readers to become acquainted with places they may never get to visit in person.       

3)         I am intrigued with life’s unpredictability    

In addition to my preoccupation with human interest, which automatically seems to be imbued with a touch of suspense, I am also a huge fan of mystery and detective stories with a heavy dose of “Who’s done it?”

 I had a chance to incorporate all those elements in tackling the distasteful subject of rape in “Burying Leo.” The novel depicts rather unabashedly how being sexually assaulted not only dashes a young vocalist’s heroine’s hopes for a singing career, but keeps influencing her mind and actions for years to come—personally and professionally. Only after Ingrid finally finds the courage to confront her worst fears is she able to get back to pursuing her life’s dream.

I have to admit that the assault scene was the hardest part for me to construct. Not only did I “literally” suffer with my heroine through her incredibly brutal attack, I even internalized to some degree the degradation that churns within her for so many years.

As already mentioned, “Burying Leo” developed gradually. After several revisions, along with some title changes, I put the manuscript aside for a while before unearthing and submitting it again. Ironically, about the same time the book was finally released for publication, the MeToo movement burst onto the public stage and dominated the media—coincidentally turning “Burying Leo” into a very timely read.   

This novel is definitely a standalone. However, I linked it loosely to a story dealing with the subject of child abuse, which I am currently in the process of wrapping up.

After that, I am more than ready to exit the dark world of abuse—at least for a while—to dive into something lighter, more wholesome. Writing a memoir about growing up in Germany could not only turn into a restorative trip down memory lane, it might also prove to be historically informative, thought-provoking, and heart-wrenchingly nostalgic.
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Thanks for being here!

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What Are You Reading?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. I learned about this meme from Lori at Palmer's Page Turners. Thank you for sharing this fun meme! 


What I Just Finished Reading






What I'm Currently Reading

TBD!



What I am Reading Next

TBD!

Show Me Your Precious

Wednesday, May 16, 2018



Hi Everyone!

I am writing this post early without all of the details behind the challenge. The name though is Show Me Your Precious...I am guessing they are going in a bookish direction, but for me my most precious are my babes and they are not featured here enough :) So here we go! 




 
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Guest Post with Whitney Bowe

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Hi Everyone!

Excited to be here to bring you a guest post from Whitney Bowe. Please help me give her a warm welcome to the blog!
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The Beauty of Dirty Skin

by Dr. Whitney Bowe

My path to writing The Beauty of Dirty Skin began in a very unlikely place – the hospital. When I was ten years old, I became very sick due to a bad bug, a parasite, which found its way to my intestines. My doctors, unable to identify the source of my chronic pain, gave me a myriad of antibiotics which wiped out the good, healthy bacteria in my digestive tract alongside harmful bugs. I was left with a very dangerous type of bug called C. diff, which wreaked havoc on my body. At the tender age of ten, therefore, I was introduced to the concept of what we now call our microbiome the family of “bugs” (more specifically, bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that live both inside your body (your gut microbiome) and on your body, throughout your skin’s various layers, from its deep-down fat cushion to its epidermal cells on high. As I learned from this ordeal, maintaining the health and balance of our microbiome is critical to maintaining our health. Once my body was strong enough to leave the hospital, uncovering the science behind this balance, and harnessing the strength of our body’s good, warrior bugs, became my passion.



Today, I am known for my signature “Bowe Glow” – achieving healthy, glowing skin from the inside out and the outside in is at the heart of my practice and my personal brand. Your skin is a window into your overall health and wellness. Put simply, your skin reflects your health. My integrative approach to dermatology is unique because I address chronic skin conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, and even premature aging, through lifestyle changes including diet, sleep techniques, stress management, and exercise, in addition to the most effective and proven skincare available today. I don’t put a band-aid on the situation by simply prescribing a medication. I help my patients – and now, my readers -- to address the underlying cause of these conditions to get right to the root of the issue for lasting, healthy skin.



Through my work, I have learned that the alliance between your gut, brain, and skin – called the gut-brain-skin axis - is the soul of healthy skin. My 21 day plan focuses on each of these areas to heal your skin. In Week 1, I focus on healing the gut through dietary changes that are easy to follow and recipes you can readily make at home. In Week 2, I focus on the mind and its relationship to the health of your skin and your entire body. This week focuses on meditation, mindfulness, yoga, exercise, and how simple lifestyle changes on any budget can transform your skin’s health. And finally, in Week 3, I focus on the most cutting edge skincare and ingredients available today to achieve skin that is glowing with health. Healthy skin was, of course, the main focus of my plan, but my patients reported that they also gained energy, felt less stressed, lost weight, and felt more focused and inspired as a result of these changes!



I live by the plan I share in The Beauty of Dirty Skin and it has not only had a profound impact on my life, but I watch it change my patients’ lives as well.  I think readers of The Beauty of Dirty Skin will be surprised at how small, mindful changes can have meaningful and lasting impacts on their skin and their overall health. I know my patients are often shocked at how simple the changes were to implement. I also know that people who have started the plan and then revert back to their prior ways report to me that they see and feel such a difference in their skin and health that they are motivated to get right back onto the plan.



Each day, I wake up before the sun to watch it rise and I feel so incredibly grateful for this second chance at a healthy, vibrant life. My message of accessible and affordable skin and overall health and wellness – all of the knowledge that I have painstakingly researched and accumulated over the past decade – is finally ready to be shared. I truly can’t wait for my readers to pick up The Beauty of Dirty Skin and to experience their own empowering, healthy glow!
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Thanks for the post! :)



About the Author:

Dr. Whitney Bowe is the author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin (April 2018). She is Medical Director of Integrative Dermatology, Aesthetics & Wellness at Advanced Dermatology, P.C., in addition to being a distinguished research scientist and a thought leader in her field. She is one of the most in-demand dermatologists in America and has lent her expertise to programs like Good Morning AmericaThe Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, and Dr. Oz. She and her work have been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesAllureInStyleVogueElleReader’s Digest, and O, The Oprah Magazine. For more information, please visit https://drwhitneybowe.com and follow Dr. Bowe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram



















 
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3 Years!!!

Monday, May 14, 2018


Today He Said Books or Me turns 3! :) What an amazing 3 years it has been. Thanks for each of you who come to see what is going on in my corner of the world! 


 
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Bout of Books!

Sunday, May 13, 2018


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 
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Guest Post with Ketley Allison

Saturday, May 12, 2018


Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you a guest post from Ketley Allison. Please give a warm welcome!

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I started out writing stories when I was really young, and when I was that age, I only wanted to write about romance. Prince Charming, Princesses, castles and superheroes, true love and soulmates conquering all.

But, as my life was lived, my happily ever afters acquired more twists and turns. It was the unrequited high school crush that started it—realizing that HEAs were a lot harder to gain in life than on paper. As days turned into years, so did I understand real-life situations better. And, as fiction, those situations become amplified and dramatic, with more what if’s inserted than what will be.

This is the driving force behind To Have and to Hold. A love story? Sure. A hero-rescue romance? Yep. But does my main character need a hero, or can she be her own? Do we lose chances at love more than we respect them? Emme and Spencer had true love years ago. They even became engaged. But then, you guessed it, life happened, and they separated. But that was where I could get creative and begin adding fiction. What if Emme was kidnapped? What if Spence was in a position where he had the information to save her? What if he didn’t come in time, meaning Emme had to figure out escape on her own?

I’ve learned the what ifs in stories are the magical parts, and they come from my own life lessons. Starting off with a basic concept, true love, and twisting and morphing that until you can come up with your own unique plot is the driving force behind most authors, and especially me. I’ve garnered experience, but most importantly, I’ve had more time to witness chances. To create character destinies through questions.

In TH&TH, I hope you can jump into this adventure and discover Spence and Emme’s fate, but see if theirs in any way aligns with your own. Because, in essence, I pull from reality and actual people in order to breathe life into my stories.

This newest novel of mine is darker than my previous, but that’s because I’ve been thrown a few curve balls in reality myself. It helps to cope by weaving those moments into my characters and discovering how they handle the harder situations.


Thank you so much for having me,  Valerie! It truly was a pleasure to write this post for you.

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