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Flirting with Fifty: Take a Risk and Read Jane Porter’s Thoughtful Romantic Novel

Title: Flirting with FiftyAuthor:  Jane PorterPublisher: BerkleyReleased: May 24, 2022Pages: 336ISBN: 978-0593438381Stars: 4.5 It has been a while since I have read a Berkeley title by New York Times Bestselling Author Jane Porter, and I am thrilled that she has this new book, Flirting with Fifty, out now, with a follow-up called Flirting with theContinue reading “Flirting with Fifty: Take a Risk and Read Jane Porter’s Thoughtful Romantic Novel”

BOOK REVIEW: Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon

Book Review Title: Go Tell the Bees That I Am GoneAuthor:  Diana GabaldonImprint: Doubleday CanadaReleased: November 23, 2021Pages: 928ISBN-13: 978-0385685542Stars:  3.5 Like every other die-hard fan of the Outlander series and Diana Gabaldon’s writing, I anxiously anticipated this ninth book, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, and man, we waited a long time for it. In theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon”

BOOK REVIEW – The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Book Review Title: The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public HealthAuthor:  Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.Publisher: SkyhorseReleased: November 16, 2021Pages: 934ASIN: B08X5YWRRPStars:  4.00 It took me two months and one week to read this book on Kindle—all 934 pages. I admit to not reading every one of the 2,200 endnote citations,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW – The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.”

“I Make Lists on My Phone” a Poem by Christine Bode

I Make Lists on My Phone by Christine Bode I make lists on my phone –notes from Brené Brown’s books,my personal shame inventory,favourite TV shows,who I consider myself to be,my top 50 books,what I want for my life,ideas for poems about COVID-19,affirmations,qualities had by the guy of my dreams,men I can remember sleeping with,what’s importantContinue reading ““I Make Lists on My Phone” a Poem by Christine Bode”

Fantasy Book Review: The Last of the Atalanteans (The Drowned Kingdom Saga Book 2) by P. L. Stuart

Fantasy Book Review Book Review         Title: The Last of the Atalanteans (The Drowned Kingdom Saga Book 2)Author:  P.L. StuartPublisher: FriesenPressReleased: March 31, 2022Pages: 534ASIN: B08VS15WTRBook Reviewer: Christine BodeStars:  4 Book Two in The Drowned Kingdom Saga, The Last of the Atalanteans by fantasy fiction master, P.L. Stuart, opens with Othrun, Thurol, and Glathan: three Atalanteans in disguise asContinue reading “Fantasy Book Review: The Last of the Atalanteans (The Drowned Kingdom Saga Book 2) by P. L. Stuart”

On This International Women’s Day, Achieve a Fresh Start with Help from Karen Carrington

Nonfiction Book Review Title: A Fresh Start: 111 Affirmations to Make This The Best Year Ever and Create The Life You WantAuthor:  Karen CarringtonPublisher: Discovering Diversity PublishingReleased: August 1, 2018Pages: 141ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1718187733Book Reviewer: Christine BodeStars:  4 I met Karen Carrington in an Executive Career Jam Zoom group led by Mich Nadon of Media Intelligence.ca and loved her immediately.Continue reading “On This International Women’s Day, Achieve a Fresh Start with Help from Karen Carrington”

“Become the Observer,” a New Poem by Christine Bode

Become the Observer A new poem by ©Christine Bode 2021 This seeker is an empath;a truth seeker,always striving for moreknowledge and understandingof a worldshe’s been at war with—in her mind—more latelythan ever before;searching for something that willgive her faith in God,hope for the future,relief from grief.At 57 years of age,she finally realizesthat the truth hasContinue reading ““Become the Observer,” a New Poem by Christine Bode”

NEW BOOK RELEASE: Audley Enough: A Portrait of Triumph and Recovery in the Face of Mania and Depression

NEW BOOK RELEASE: Audley Enough: A Portrait of Triumph and Recovery in the Face of Mania and Depression Montreal, Quebec, January 24, 2022 – For Immediate Release – Tellwell Talent has published the release of the second edition of Audley Enough: A Portrait of Triumph and Recovery in the Face of Mania and Depression, pennedContinue reading “NEW BOOK RELEASE: Audley Enough: A Portrait of Triumph and Recovery in the Face of Mania and Depression”

Conquering the Divide: The Legend of Barsicon Is an Outstanding Fantasy Fiction Debut by Angela Stever

Book Review Title: Conquering the Divide: The Legend of BarsiconAuthor:  Angela SteverImprint: Tellwell TalentReleased: October 30, 2021Pages: 284ISBN-13: 978-0228863120Stars:  4.00 Conquering the Divide: The Legend of Barsicon is new, young adult, LGBTQ-friendly fantasy/dystopian science-fiction for the 21st-century by well-known Kingston, Ontario radio host, Angela Stever. The book’s hero, Seneca Ellis-Brant, is a girl just turning 16 years old, andContinue reading “Conquering the Divide: The Legend of Barsicon Is an Outstanding Fantasy Fiction Debut by Angela Stever”

Careers AF! (2nd Edition): New Rules, New Tools for the Post-pandemic Gig Economy Offers a First-Rate Fail-Proof Career Strategy

Careers AF! (2nd Edition): New Rules, New Tools for the Post-pandemic Gig Economy Offers a First-Rate Fail-Proof Career Strategy Book Review Title: Careers AF! (2nd Edition): New Rules, New Tools for the Post-Pandemic Gig EconomyAuthor:  M. Michelle NadonImprint: FriesenPressReleased: July 6, 2021Pages: 252ISBN-13: 978-1039126480Stars:  5.00 Recently, a dear friend and colleague, public and media relations specialist Irene Carroll, invitedContinue reading “Careers AF! (2nd Edition): New Rules, New Tools for the Post-pandemic Gig Economy Offers a First-Rate Fail-Proof Career Strategy”

Chocolate Cake by ZOOM with Shawn Kellerman Is Life-Affirming Party Blues

ALBUM REVIEW Title: Chocolate CakeArtist:  ZOOM with Shawn KellermanLabel: Mouhaha MusicReleased: 2021Reviewer: Christine BodeStars:  4.5 In 2019, when the world was a different place, I attended a Kingston Blues Society show at the RCHA Club in which Shawn Kellerman played with Jerome Godboo and his band. I had seen Godboo a few times and had heard of Kellerman butContinue reading “Chocolate Cake by ZOOM with Shawn Kellerman Is Life-Affirming Party Blues”

David Leask Announces “FIRE & ICE” Video Release from CFMA-Nominated album, Voyageur in Song

“Voyageur In Song is something truly special…the album is a unique and uplifting, almost spiritual listening experience…that rare thing, a genuinely inspiring album.” ~ R’N R Magazine “Possibly the most Canadian album on Canada’s most historic instrument.” ~ Toronto Star “FIRE & ICE” Video AVAILABLE NOW at Youtube.com/DavidLeaskMusic Toronto, ON – Dec. 2, 2021 –Continue reading “David Leask Announces “FIRE & ICE” Video Release from CFMA-Nominated album, Voyageur in Song”

Your 2021 Sultans of String Christmas Caravan Playlist and Tour

3x JUNO nominees and Billboard-charting SULTANS OF STRING serve up Global Grooves & Holiday Cheer with their 2021 CHRISTMAS CARAVAN YOUTUBE PLAYLIST and TOUR! YOUTUBE PLAYLIST https://tinyurl.com/sultanschristmasplaylist SPOTIFY PLAYLIST https://tinyurl.com/mwyhr32w  LISTEN/BUY ALBUM https://sultansofstring.lnk.to/THc3VID Canadian band Sultans of String keeps imaginative imperatives in overdrive for the entirety of Christmas Caravan, a generous pitch for global unity through the music of Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. TheseContinue reading “Your 2021 Sultans of String Christmas Caravan Playlist and Tour”

New Album by SULTANS OF STRING, Sanctuary (The Refuge Project), Transports Listeners to Ethereal Plane with Musical Alchemy

ALBUM REVIEWby Christine Bode Just when I thought that Sultans of String couldn’t devise a more ambitious and exciting project than their 2020 album, Refuge, they proved me wrong with the second installment of this project entitled Sanctuary. It is an equally ambitious, diverse, inclusive, and passionate album with a VIP roster of global ‘ambassadors’,Continue reading “New Album by SULTANS OF STRING, Sanctuary (The Refuge Project), Transports Listeners to Ethereal Plane with Musical Alchemy”

Sultans of String Release Second Single from Upcoming Album, Sanctuary: Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) featuring Tara Salah Moneka & Ahmed Moneka

Sultans of String Release Second Single from Upcoming Album, Sanctuary: Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) featuring Tara Salah Moneka & Ahmed Moneka FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Artist: Sultans of StringSingle: Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) feat. Tara Salah Moneka & Ahmed MonekaRelease date: October 8, 2021 from upcoming album, Sanctuary (releasing Nov 10) BRANDContinue reading “Sultans of String Release Second Single from Upcoming Album, Sanctuary: Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) featuring Tara Salah Moneka & Ahmed Moneka”

Book Review: God of Nothing: Book #1 The ALL by Shane Scott, a Writer to be Reckoned With

Book Review Title: God of Nothing: Book #1 The ALLAuthor:  Shane ScottImprint: Self-publishedReleased: February 6, 2021Pages: 499ISBN-13: 978-1735518213Stars:  3.5 Gods, Devils, Titans, Dragons, Angels, Demons, Bool (a.k.a. Werewolves), Vampires, and Mortals all inhabit the fantastical worlds created by gifted author Shane Scott in his debut novel, God of Nothing: Book #1 The ALL. At the beginning of each chapter,Continue reading “Book Review: God of Nothing: Book #1 The ALL by Shane Scott, a Writer to be Reckoned With”

Sultans of String Launch New Weekly Online Interview & Music Series: BACKSTAGE

New weekly livestream kicks off Friday with new video/single! Sultans of String are excited to announce… BACKSTAGE! Their new online Interview & Music series features guests from their Refuge and Sanctuary albums. Join Sultans of String each Friday at Noon EST on Facebook as they dive into the lives and the music of these fascinating artists,Continue reading “Sultans of String Launch New Weekly Online Interview & Music Series: BACKSTAGE”

Too Close to Heaven: A Poem by Christine Bode for Those Suffering With Their Mental Health

Do you or someone you know feel as if you’re getting too close to heaven? Do you feel that life is unbearable on this crazy blue planet and that you don’t know how much longer you can live here? I have felt that way too, I assure you. Acutely aware that an innumerable amount ofContinue reading “Too Close to Heaven: A Poem by Christine Bode for Those Suffering With Their Mental Health”

Exclusive Review of Finny McConnell’s (The Mahones) Debut Solo Album, The Dark Streets of Love

I’m honoured to be the first person to review Finny McConnell’s (The Mahones) debut solo album, The Dark Streets of Love!

After 30 glorious years of leading worldwide, renowned Celtic punk rockers, The Mahones—who have shared stages and toured with the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Shane MacGowan (The Pogues), Stiff Little Fingers, Billy Bragg, The Buzzcocks, Sinead O’Connor, and The Damned to name a few—Finny McConnell decided that it was time to make an album for himself as he winds down and adjusts to his “Van Morrison years”, although I’m sure he has enough piss and vinegar left in him that he will not go quietly or gently into the night.

Fantasy Book Review and Author Interview: A Drowned Kingdom (The Drowned Kingdom Saga Book 1) by P.L. Stuart

Fantasy Book Review Title: A Drowned Kingdom (The Drowned Kingdom Saga Book 1)Author:  P.L. StuartPublisher: FriesenPressReleased: February 2, 2021Pages: 404ASIN: B08VS15WTRBook Reviewer: Christine BodeStars:  4 Othrun, son of King Atalan the Falcon, the Second Prince, and estranged half-brother to Erthal, the First Prince (sons of the pear-shaped island kingdom of Atalantyx), narrates this epic taleContinue reading “Fantasy Book Review and Author Interview: A Drowned Kingdom (The Drowned Kingdom Saga Book 1) by P.L. Stuart”

3x JUNO Nominees and Billboard Charting SULTANS OF STRING Commemorate the Anniversary of the 1988 OJHRI CAMP Disaster With New Video From Their REFUGE Project

WHEN: Video Premiere – Friday April 9, 2021 at 10:30 am ESTSONG: Ojhri Camp, from album Refuge Sultans of String, featuring Anwar Khurshid & Ravi Naimpally Go to the video on YouTube at this link https://youtu.be/L4TQs_WGbNI to SET REMINDER for the premiere. [Toronto ON] Sultans of String are releasing this song to coincide with the April 10 anniversaryContinue reading “3x JUNO Nominees and Billboard Charting SULTANS OF STRING Commemorate the Anniversary of the 1988 OJHRI CAMP Disaster With New Video From Their REFUGE Project”

Author Dawn James Cheated Death and Now Shares Profound Revelations in her New Book, Unveiled: Autobiography of an Awakened One

Toronto, Ontario, Canada —March 18, 2021— Author Dawn James wrote a spellbinding new autobiography, Unveiled: Autobiography of an Awakened One, set for release on March 20, 2021.  James, who conquered vision and hearing loss, being paralyzed and mute, shares her audacious story of how she cheated death and awoke to life-altering revelations.  This memoir highlights James’s spiritualContinue reading “Author Dawn James Cheated Death and Now Shares Profound Revelations in her New Book, Unveiled: Autobiography of an Awakened One”

Chris Sunfield’s Second Single “Predator” is an Abrupt About-Face Following His Sunshine Pop Debut!

“PREDATOR” by Chris Sunfield OUT NOW! 12 February 2020 (TORONTO) – Chris Sunfield’s second single “Predator” is an abrupt about-face following his sunshine pop debut “The Little Things”. Predator is a provocative poison pen letter to romantic predators, exposing their psychopathic and Machiavellian ways. The lyrics, with their reptilian metaphors, serve to validate anyone who’sContinue reading “Chris Sunfield’s Second Single “Predator” is an Abrupt About-Face Following His Sunshine Pop Debut!”

Award-winning Celebrity Skincare Entrepreneur Jean Pierre Releases Powerful New Memoir on the Uphill Climb to Personal & Professional Success

TORONTO – Feb. 3, 2021  — On February 27th, Jamaican-Canadian Icon and Skin Care Guru Jean Pierre is set to release a bold new memoir entitled Uphill Climb. The book details Pierre’s inspirational journey as a healthcare practitioner, entrepreneur, international public speaker and creator of the popular Obsidian Skincare line. Uphill Climb delves into Pierre’s deeply personal health struggles as aContinue reading “Award-winning Celebrity Skincare Entrepreneur Jean Pierre Releases Powerful New Memoir on the Uphill Climb to Personal & Professional Success”

“The Matrix” a Poem by Christine Bode

The Matrix by Christine Bode Everett,in the movie Paterson says, after pulling a fake gun on everyone in the bar, “Without love, what reason is there for anything?”I don’t know, Everett… nothing, not a fucking thing that matters anyway.Without love, every day is the same damn pandemic day.Wake up, walk the dog, make coffee, drink coffee, read a book,do housework, workContinue reading ““The Matrix” a Poem by Christine Bode”

Sultans of String Interactive Zoom Concert #5 – Lockdown Smackdown on January 23, 2021

Happy New Year friends, I don’t know about you, but this new lockdown is making us feel a little too isolated…Therefore announcing our Sultans of String Livestream January 23, 8:00 pm EST Livestream -Lockdown Smackdown Edition! Let’s super-spread some good live-streaming vibes and keep connected. Isolating doesn’t have to be lonely! And we can celebrate the inaugurationContinue reading “Sultans of String Interactive Zoom Concert #5 – Lockdown Smackdown on January 23, 2021”

New Book, And Still Champion, Introduces the World to a Group of Undisputed Champions

Bold Men Who Have Found Victory in Telling Their Most Personal Stories Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. ~ Muhammad Ali Atlanta, Ga. – Dec. 30, 2020  — New anthology And Still Champion: The Reality of What 7 Men Endured features the most revealing, provocative and personal stories of seven Black menContinue reading “New Book, And Still Champion, Introduces the World to a Group of Undisputed Champions”

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New Book, And Still Champion, Introduces the World to a Group of Undisputed Champions

Bold Men Who Have Found Victory in Telling Their Most Personal Stories

Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. ~ Muhammad Ali


Atlanta, Ga. – Dec. 30, 2020  — New anthology And Still Champion: The Reality of What 7 Men Endured features the most revealing, provocative and personal stories of seven Black men committed to pulling back the curtain and exposing the unfiltered truth about manhood. The book promises to share real talk by real men. And Still Champion is set for release on January 17th — what would have been the 78th birthday of the World’s Greatest Boxer and Champion, Muhammad Ali. It is also the day that a virtual book launch will take place to celebrate the book at 6:30 p.m.

And Still Champion tells some of the most private experiences of young African American men who battle everything from drug use and molestation to finding who they truly were and how they all avoided ending up as statistics. And Still Champion is the vision of Minister, Author, Speaker and Men’s Leader, Prince Blair. Prince, who contributed to the book, is also credited and known for taking young men off the streets and snatching them from the grips of gangs and a life of crime. Blair wanted to write the book to show the depth of experience settled in the silence of Black men. Blair said, “If you take time to listen, the silence of a Black man can reveal a real sense of resilience, triumph and understanding. The book was a move to inspire more men to share the things that they have long held in silence and considered disappointments, but instead have made them who they are—champions.”

And Still Champion was co-written by Speaker, Entrepreneur and Educator, Jamal Laurence Burt, Entertainer, Comedian, Minister and Entrepreneur, Willie L. Brown, Corporate Level Recruiter and Retired Marine Master Sergeant, Harold Holden, Minister, Ministry Leader and Certified Mentor, Carlton Hurdle, Advanced Medical Support Assistant, Licensed Minister, Certified Life Coach and Counselor, Mitchell Mormon, and Chaplin, Counselor, Certified Life Coach, Missionary and Healthcare Professional, A.C. Scott.

The goal of the book is to connect men and young men who are in some of the most challenging seasons of their lives and offer stories of triumph in the face of adversity.

And Still Champion: The Reality of What 7 Men Endured is edited by Christine Bode and published by Publish & Promote.

The book is available on Amazon, priced at $20. Learn more at (20+) And Still Champion | Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/And-Still-Champion-108990044340511)

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New Book Captures the Courageous Untold Stories of 13 Women Who Have Triumphed Over Adversity

Atlanta, Ga. – Dec. 18, 2020 — Thirteen women reveal the hidden stories behind their smiles in a new anthology called, Beyond the Smile, released on Thanksgiving Day 2020 with a virtual launch event that took place on Cyber Monday, November 30th.

Beyond the Smile contains 13 powerful stories of African American women who have beaten the odds and have now incredibly rich insights to share that will empower others during COVID-19 and other major life challenges. This is the second book compilation commissioned by Minister, Author & Film Producer, Chris Scott. Scott envisioned the book to show the depth of the stories and experiences that women hold often with a lot of loss, tragedy, pain and silence behind their smile. “These women are exceptional in every way, says Scott, their stories are extraordinary, and the message of this book comes at a time when people need hope when there is so much uncertainty all around. One thing these women know is how to survive and thrive in the midst of adversity.” The book offers a space for these women to speak their truths and remove the shame of silence.

Beyond the Smile includes dynamic contributions from the following: Casting Director, Filmmaker and Certified Life Coach, LaQuanda Plantt, Certified Life Coach and Occupational Therapy Treatment Provider, Ashley Brittney, Certified Nurse Practitioner and Entrepreneur, Kenyatta Collins, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Veteran Affairs Program Analyst, Mia Colemon, Education Administrator and Philanthropist, Michelle Hudson, Retired U.S. Army Veteran, Entrepreneur and Business Coach, Renata Triblett, Entrepreneur, Ministry Leader and Certified Life Coach, Sharon Jones, Advocate and CNA, Ynwanda Market, Entrepreneur and Certified Life Coach, Zen Watson, Educator, Certified Life Coach and Nonprofit Leader, Tonya Clinton, Certified Life Coach, Reiki Master, Author and Speaker, Consuelo Allen and Certified Life Coach, Administrator and Advocate, Detral Williams.

Beyond the Smile is edited by Christine Bode and published by Publish & Promote.

The book is available on Amazon and digital platforms where books are sold.
(20+) Beyond The Smile Book | Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BeyondTheSmileBook)

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21 Resilient Women: Stories of Courage, Growth, and Transformation

This autumn, I have been honoured to work as a copy editor on four books for PublishandPromote.ca and this book was the first of a trio of anthologies. This anthology contains stories by 21 different women who are sure to inspire you with their courage, growth, and transformation! The book was compiled by Canadian career coach, Daisy Wright, of The Wright Career Solution, and I share her press release with you here.

PRESS RELEASE

GTA women share personal stories of courage and transformation in new book of essays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, TORONTO, November 19, 2020 – 21 Resilient Women: Stories of Courage, Growth and Transformation is launching at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has many people searching for hope and inspiration.

Brampton career coach Daisy Wright knows that ordinary women often lead extraordinary lives. That’s why she invited 20 women to share stories about their challenges, triumphs, and journeys for a book being released this week.

“We are constantly bombarded with stories about celebrities’ lives, but ordinary women have powerful lessons to teach us. The women in this book found the courage to overcome challenges that range from devastating health diagnoses to bias and discrimination. Others reflect on their experiences of motherhood, menopause, and adapting to life in a new country. I hope readers will see themselves in some of these stories and say, “If she overcame that, I can, too!” says Wright.

One of the women in the book was attending university on a basketball scholarship when a car accident left her paralyzed. Although she struggled, the accident didn’t prevent her from completing her studies, and she now has a rewarding career as a physician assistant. The other contributors write about experiences that include: immigrating to Canada and having to work two jobs to support their family, starting non-profit organizations, being diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and dealing with microaggressions and harassment in the corporate world.

The 21 co-authors featured in the book reflect the diversity of the GTA. All are Canadians, with roots in Canada, Chile/Venezuela, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Nepal, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Kingdom. They were determined to use this sombre downtime that 2020 brought, to do some deep reflection and contribute to this legacy. They also decided that partial proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

Daisy Wright’s story is the first essay in the book. Growing up in Jamaica, her family taught her that the sky’s the limit when it comes to achieving your career dreams. “But I was jolted to reality when I realized things were different in Corporate Canada. Your career ambitions can be limited – not based on your qualifications, but because of the colour of your skin,” says Wright. Not one to linger too long at her “pity parties”, Wright tapped into her entrepreneurial spirit and started a successful career coaching business known as The Wright Career Solution.

21 Resilient Women: Stories of Courage, Growth and Transformation is for sale on Amazon and IngramSpark. This is Daisy’s third book; her others are Tell Stories: Get Hired and No Canadian Experience, Eh?


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Daisy Wright at 647-930-4763, or daisy@thewrightcareer.com