Friday, July 31, 2015

Making the Case by Kimberly Guilfoyle

Review of Making the Case by Kimberly Guilfoyle

Making the Case: How to Negotiate Like a Prosecutor in Work and Life by Kimberly Guilfoyle

The co-host of Fox News’s popular opinion programs, The Five and Outnumbered, shares the skills she’s honed and the insights she’s garnered as a highly successful prosecutor and television personality to help readers learn how they too can “make the case” for themselves in all aspects of life

When Kimberly Guilfoyle was just ten years old she lost her mother to a battle with leukemia. Her father knew that he couldn't possibly anticipate all the needs of his children alone so he set out to teach Kimberly how to advocate for herself and for her younger brother. He instructed her on how to ask for what she needed and how to build a strong case to get it. Those valuable childhood lessons helped Kimberly become the quick-thinking spitfire she is today. In Making the Case she weaves stories and anecdotes from her life and career with specific strategies that can help anyone set clear goals, communicate more effectively, and come out on top in any situation.

Having been a prosecuting attorney, former First Lady of San Francisco and one of TV’s most sought-after legal analysts and opinion-shapers, Kimberly Guilfoyle is the quintessential expert at making the case. Now advocating for her readers, she shares tips on how to make the case for yourself in all realms of your life—personal and professional. Among the topics she advises on are:

• Getting hired
• Nailing a promotion
• Navigating a mid-life career change
• Managing personal finances
• Advocating for your health
• Minimizing family drama

Told in her appealing and persuasive voice, combining personal experience and time-tested counsel, Making the Case is an invaluable guide to helping you get the most from your life at home and at work.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Harper
ISBN0062343971  (ISBN13: 9780062343970)

Leona's Review:
I checked out this book from my library because I watch Kimberly on FOX and she was talking about her new book.

This is a good book for young people and would be great for a discussion group in high school. Prepare the future young leaders of our country. No politics are involved.

There are many personal parts and it gets emotional at times. Kimberly talks about the death of her mother, how she helped raise her younger brother, their father and what he taught them, her in-laws and exes and especially of her young son, Ronan.

I love the story of Ronan, when he was 7 years old. He found a motor- cycle online he wanted to order and tried "making the case " of why he should have it. The motor- cycle was for the ages of 12 years and older so he did not get it but learned at a young age how to advocate for himself.

Making the Case is about Kimberly and how and why she has had so many responsible jobs such as working at the DA's office in San Francisco.
She became her own best advocate for what she wanted.

Do your research, make acquaintances with people, read, get involved, communicate, use a firm handshake, ask for that promotion and set goals are some suggestions she has in her book.

I am doing a different rating for Making the Case. I give it a 5 star for young people and a 4 star for my age, late 70s. Buy the book for a graduation, birthday or holiday gift for someone; it will be a useful tool in their lives.
Kimberly Guilfoyle lists many names of people she knows from work and other areas of her life. The Index is much appreciated.
Kimberly Guilfoyle mad be reached at :




Chapter 1  How to Land the Best Job in the World
Chapter 2  Dressing for the Part
Chapter 3  Asking for a Promotion
Chapter 4  Standing Up fro Your Ideas
Chapter 5  Working as a Team
Chapter 6  Changing Careers
Chapter 7  Playing  by the Rules


Chapter 8  The Power of Friendships
Chapter 9  Dating and Marriage
Chapter 10 Money and Relationships
Chapter 11 Supporting Your Spouse
Chapter 12 Teaching Kids to Advocate fro Themselves
Chapter 13 Making Divorce Work for Everyone Involved
Chapter 14 Avoiding Family Drama
Chapter 15 Caring for Aging Parents
Chapter 16 Help! How to Ask for It, Receive It, and Give It

Leona Olson

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Bite's Tale by Veronica Blade

Review of  a Bite's Tale by Veronica Blake

A Cinderella who spends her nights as a wolf. A prince with a taste for blood.
Seventeen year old Cydney struggles against her werewolf nature, trying to keep everyone around her safe. No way will she risk exposing the beast at the prince's ball, no matter how her two cousins try to persuade her. As she attempts to carve out some semblance of a life, Cydney can't forget the boy she loved three summers ago - or what she did to him after losing control.
Turned into a vampire to save his life, the prince refuses to live up to his royal duties. He just wants to find the girl he loved and lost...the werewolf girl who bit him. But his father, the king, commands him to attend a ball where he must choose a wife. Can he find his Cinderella before he's forced to marry another? He doesn't even have her real name, much less a glass slipper.
Leona's review:

I re-read A Biter's Tale after it had been on my bookshelf for awhile.
It is the story of two teenagers who met in the summer and  did not know each others  real names.  She does not know he is the prince of the kingdom and his real name is Remy.  He does not know who she is and calls her Cinderella, which is a name her little brother, Gavin, calls her. Her name is Cydney Ella. Their mother is dead and they live with their Aunt Mina and their cousins.
It is a light book to read and about teenagers, school, friends and family. Do not let the subject bother the reader.
The chapters are written in first person with some chapters by Cydney and others by Remy. 
The story is some what based on Cinderella and her prince and it is a light and sweet romance
I will give it a 4 star rating.
I won A Bite's Tale from the author. The opinions are my own.
Veronica Blade may be found at and also on and on
Leona Olson

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Heart's Promise by Colleen Coble


Book review of A Heart's Promise by Colleen Coble


A rival threatens Emmie's budding romance with Isaac.

At Fort Laramie, soldier Isaac Liddle determines he will court and win Emmie Croftner's hand. Though courting seems improbable for a woman in her condition, Emmie begins to care deeply for Isaac and chafes as Jessica Dubois sets her bonnet for him.

When Jessica learns of Emmie's secret pregnancy, she blackmails her. With the Sioux Wars raging outside the safety of Fort Laramie, Emmie knows she cannot lose Isaac. But will he reject her--and her child--if he learns the truth?

Leona's Review:

This is another quick and easy read by Colleen Coble in the Journey of the Heart series.
It is a Christian love story and about friendship and caring. This book will touch your heart.

This story is of Emmie and Isaac and their love.  Isaac wants to marry Emmie but Emmie is afraid he will learn her secret; she is pregnant and a widow. We also see how hard a life was in these days and a hope for the future. This book begins October 1866, Fort Phil Kearny, Wyoming Territory.

The readers are back at Fort Laramie with uncertainty about the Sioux. There is friendship among the women, three are pregnant.

We are introduced to Maggie, the  lady who does the laundry to make money. Morning Song, a pupil of Sarah is reintroduced.

Colleen Coble does a great job of bringing the past characters of her books into each book.  Each book is a stand alone read.
I can see so many books from the characters.

The books of A  Journey of the heart are:

A Heart's  Disguise
A Heart's Obsession
A Heart's Danger
A Heart's Betrayal
A Heart's Promise
A Heart's Home
The book is dedicated to: In memory of my brother Randy Rhoads, who taught me to love the mountains of Wyoming and my grandparents Everett and Eileen Everroad, who loved me unconditionally. May you walk those heavenly mountains with joy.
Colleen Coble may be reached at:
Twitter: @colleencoble
Facebook: colleencoblebooks
I received a complimentary copy of A Heart's Promise to read and review from The opinions are my own. I give it a 5 star rating.
This is a Thomas Nelson Book
Leona Olson

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Book Review of After Tex by Sherryl Woods

Book Review of After Tex by Sherryl Woods
Returning to Whispering Wind, Wyoming, to attend her grandfather's funeral, Megan O'Rourke, an ambitious entertainment executive from New York City, is stunned to discover that she has inherited her grandfather's beloved ranch, along with his eight-year-old daughter, a child she had never known existed, and her former lover, Jake Sanders.
Leona's Review:
This was a book that had quite a few characters and some twists and turns in peoples lives.
Megan O'Rourke has returned to the ranch, Whispering Wind, her grandfather had when he passed away. Megan and Tex were not on very good terms when she left for New York to begin her own business and to be on her own; Tex wanted her to be with him at the ranch.
Megan flies back to Wyoming after learning of the death of her grandfather who had raised her.  She finds he is the father of an eight year old who had been abandoned by her mother and Megan is stipulated in the will she will take care of Tess if something happens to him.
Lots of emotions in this book with Megan also being abandoned by her mother, a friend whose husband runs around on her, and an abusive husband to another. Tess is an angry child and Jake Sanders has grudge against Tex who had claimed that Jake had stolen some cattle when Jake was young.
There are some good moments and friendship.  Love is certainly back for Megan and Jake.
I listened to the audio version of the book and it was well done.  I borrowed from my local library.
I will give this a 4 star rating. It is a love story as well as friendship and about family.
Sherryl Woods may be found at
Leona Olson


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book Review of Crave the Moon by Lori Handeland

Review of Crave the Moon by Lori Handeland


Gina O'Neill will do anything to hold on to her beloved ranch that has been in her family for generations. Enter Mateo Mecate, an archeologist whose greatest wish is to dig there. Prepared to despise Matt--and to thwart his agenda--Gina cannot deny the shocking desire she feels for him.

Matt believes that the Nahua Springs Ranch holds an important key to Aztec history--one that will restore his standing in the archeological community. But he never expects to go head-to-head with the maddeningly sensuous owner, Gina. The ranch seems to have cast a spell on them both…

When Gina and Matt delve into the secrets of this ancient place, they awaken something unspeakably evil--a shapeshifter who is centuries old. A werewolf with vengeance on its mind. A sorcerer of incredible power. Can Gina and Matt defeat this enemy--even as their conflicts deepen…and their attraction grows more dangerous?
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
original title Crave the Moon ISBN0312389361 (ISBN13: 9780312389369)

Leona's Review:
I have read a couple of Lori Handeland's books and do like them. This one has werewolves as do some of her books.

Crave the Moon is about archaeology and the Aztec, which is an interest for me and based in the Southwest.

Dr. Mateo Mecate wants to dig on a site at the ranch but has been turned down by Gina. His interests to find the site come from his mother, Nora, who was an archaeologist.  His education was at archaeology sites.

The Nahua Springs Ranch is now a dude ranch that Gina O'Neill runs with the help of Jase McCord, a childhood friend and partner.

Matt joins the new group as a tourist under the name Teo Jones. Each member of the group has their own personality.

This is a quick moving book and will keep the reader interested. There is some bad language such as using  the "f" word and also sexual content.

I will give it a 4 star rating. This was a book I had on my book shelf and is a re-read for me.

Lori Handeland may be found at
Leona Olson