Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Iron House by John Hart

Iron House is the orphanage where Michael and Julian lived as small children, After the death of one bully by Julian, Michael takes the blame and leaves, His story of living on the streets of New York end when he is taken in by a mob boss, Otto Kaitlin. Michael is a killer but has never killed for hate but always because of a reason, he feels.

Elena is the pregnant girlfriend of Michael and does not know of his past life. Michael wants out of the life he now has and wants to marry Elena and begin a new life. Otto Kaitlin has died and now the mob wants to kill Michael.

Julian has been adopted by Abigail, a senator's wife. She had gone to Iron House to adopt two boys that had certain criteria but Michael had already left and she adopted Julian, a fragile and weak boy.

Both become adults in different ways; Michael is strong and Julian is weak.

This book is filled with surprising twists and turns; about the time the reader thinks they understand what is happening, there is someone or something added. Everything falls into place and the reader finds the connections. As a reader, I could feel the emotions of the characters, good or bad ones.

"Iron House" is full of violence and death; it is also filled with loyalty and caring.

I personally do not care for the language or violence in books but it seems to fit the characters and it is what helps makes "Iron House" such a thriller.

This is my first book by John Hart and I did like the book and the suspense it held for me.

I wish to thank John Hart for the opportunity to read and review "Iron House".

I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the author to read and review. The opinions are my own.

Monday, June 20, 2011

TRESemme Shampoo and Conditioner for Color Treated Hair

I have tried the TRESemme Color Protection Shampoo and Conditioner. I received a complimentary full size (15 fl oz) from BzzAgent to try and review.  I like the product for my thin hair and color treated hair.  I like this product and find I can buy it at Walmart and Shopko at a reasonable price. I give it a five star. My daughter, who used to be a beautician, highly recommends these products.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Quotable Rogue, The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words

The Quotable Rogue, The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words has quotes by Sarah Palin beginning in 2005 and ending in 2010. The book was published in 2011. It is edited by Matt Lewis.

A foreword by Matt Lewis and praises about the book from people such as Tucker Carlson, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller; Ken Blackwell, Former Ohio Secretary of State, Senior Fellow at the Family Research Council and Governor Rick Perry, 47 th governor of Texas and 4 other people.

The quotes come from a number of interviews Sarah Palin had with FOX, CNN, Peoria Journal, Associated Press, Larry King Live,, The Tonight Show, On The Record With Greta Van Susteren and many, many more.

Some topics are: On living in Alaska, On Barack Obama, On Being Sarah, On Faith, On Family, On Gun Control, On The Media, On Tina Fey and On Taxes to name a few. There are 32 chapters and the quotes are dated and most short.

Some short quotes taken by random: "I was raised in a family where gender was not going to be an issue. The girls did what the boys did. Apparently in Alaska that's quite commonplace" from chapter on Living in Alaska and from Times (U.K.), August 31, 20008; "In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change" from Republication National Convention in Minneapolis, September 3, 2008 from chapter On John McCain and also "Americans get it. In Washington, they don't get it" from Orlando Sentinel, March 12,2010 On Washington chapter.

The last chapter is " What Others Say About Sarah Palin" with remarks from Carly Fiorina, Nikki Haley, James Carville, Sean Parnell and many others.

A good read and a good insight into Sarah Palin. I hope liberals will give it a change with an open mind to read what she has to say. No one agrees totally with what someone has to say, but is helps to know the person and how they feel about many topics such as America, Family and Home.

You can reach Matt Lewis at He is a blogger, writer and commentator based in Alexandria, Virginia and is the Senior Contributor to the Daily Caller.

I received a complimentary copy of The Quotable Rogue, The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words from booksneeze to read and review. The opinions are my own. I wish to thank Matt Lewis for the opportunity to read and review this book; I personally liked it very much.

Leona Olson

Monday, June 13, 2011

Interview with Evan Ostryzniuk

The blog,, had an interview with Evan Ostryzniuk about his new book, Of Faith and Fidelity.  You can register to win a copy of the book.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Lean Belly Prescription Book by Dr. Travis Stork

Doctor Travis Stork is on the TV show, The Doctors. His book is a "prescription" on how to lose weight and maintain a healthy life style.

The contents of the book are:

viii: Foreword by David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health and Editorial Director of Women's Health.

x: Acknowledgements

xi: The Killer Fat Within

xviii: The Lean Belly Prescription At-A-Glance

Chapter 1: The Promise of Living Lean

Chapter 2: All Your Weight Worries-Solved!

Chapter 3:Change Your Body, Change Your Life

Chapter 4:Your PICK 3 TO LEAN Prescription

Chapter 5:Perfect Life Belly Foods

Chapter 6:The 24-Hour Fat Burn

Chapter 7: The World's Easiest Exercise Plan

Chapter 8: Countdown to a Lean Belly

Also Sections on: Special Bonus Strategies, The Lean Belly Prescription Kitchen Makeover, Lose Weight 24/7 and Workouts That Don't Feel Like Work

Doctor Stork is an Emergency Room Doctor and sees every possible health problem. His program has benefits such as losing weight and enjoying life more.

The Prescription allows one to choose her/his own plan. The plan is to Pick 3 to Lean and there are 8 options for you to choose. 1) "I love cheese and yogurt". 2) "I love pasta and rice". 3) " I love soda". 4) " I love to graze". 5) " I love breakfast" 6) "I love to snack". 7) " I love milk shakes". 8) "I love fatty foods.". He suggests that you begin with three picks.

There are recipes in the book that comes with the grocery list. The exercises have pictures to show one how to do the exercises and there is a section on 20 ways to stick to your workout. Stock your kitchen and change your life is a helpful and healthy section on page 68-79.

The Conclusion on page 255 is "Where do you want to be 4 weeks from now?". "The investments you'll make today will pay off tomorrow, next month, and for years to come. Now's the time to seize a healthier, happier future- and make it your own.".

I recommend this book, it is a lifestyle not a diet book.

I received The Lean Belly Prescription from Pssst, a General Mills Site when I entered a contest. The opinions are my own.

Leona Olson

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