Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Spotlight Appointment with Yesterday by Christopher Stratakis



Book Details:

Book Title: Appointment with Yesterday: A Novel in Four Parts with a Prologue and an Epilogue
Author: Christopher Stratakis
Category: Adult Fiction, 334 pages
Genre: coming-of-age / WWII / immigrant experience
Publisher: IndieReader
Release date: January 2017
Tour dates: Oct 2 to 20, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is no bad language or violence, but there are references to sex and sexual situations (including between a pre-teen and teen)


Book Description:

A poignant and compelling first novel, Appointment with Yesterday tells the story of Yanni, a cheeky and delightful Greek boy growing up in a small town on an island in the eastern Aegean.

Left in the care of his loving grandparents, Yanni endures the deprivation and terror of the German occupation during World War II and finally leaves his beloved homeland and family to rejoin the parents who had left him behind to make a better life for themselves in America.

Filled with heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of love, devotion, disenchantment, and dashed dreams, Appointment with Yesterday is, ultimately, the story of hardships overcome and a determined boy’s journey toward finding his destiny.


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Christopher Stratakis was born and raised in Greece. After moving to America, he graduated from Drexel University in 1951 and New York University School of Law in 1955. Shortly after joining the law firm of Poles, Tublin & Patestides in 1960, he became a partner, specializing in admiralty and corporate law.

He has written and published several articles, lectured on professional and historical subjects, served as Legal Advisor to several non-profits (pro bono), and was an arbitrator in maritime disputes. He is the author of Mnimes “Memories” (2010), a book of essays, short stories, and poems that he wrote as a teenager. In 2015, he co-edited Chains on Parallel Roads, a book published by Panchiaki “Korais” Society of New York. In recognition of his extensive community involvement, he has been the recipient of several awards from religious, governmental, and educational institutions.

Mr. Stratakis lives with his wife in New York City. He is the proud father of three and grandfather of three. This is his first novel.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Journey’s End: Death, Dying and the End of Life Book Spotlight by Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg


Book Details:

Book Title: Journey's End: Death, Dying and the End of Life
Authors: Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg
​Category: Adult Non-Fiction; 558 pages
​Genre: Resource/Educational
Publisher: Xlibris
Release date: July 20, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 4 to 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

In Journey's End, we write about death, dying, and end of life issues. We attempt to define and describe these real-life circumstances, and we discuss ways to proactively deal with them. Multiple personal and professional perspectives provide valuable insights.

What is dying like for dying persons, for loved ones, and for those who lend support in the process? Each experience will have unique qualities. Everyone dies in his own way, on his own schedule. While we explore the dying process, we make no assumptions about how any particular death will unfold.

Grief and bereavement support, training tools, and educational resources are included.

Meet the Authors:




Victoria has a master of social work degree. She has worked as a case manager with older adults for the past seventeen years and as a group facilitator. Her past work experience was as a therapist with children and families, and as a case manager for adults with mental health issues. She just launched a consulting business, NorthernMSW to focus on end of life issues, planning, training, and advocacy, along with memoir writing and life legacy writing.

Julie was inspired equally by her professional backgrounds as a biomedical researcher and long time educator. Julie values open and lively discussions based on interview and research findings, trends in health and wellness, and exciting new modalities of treatment and professional education. She believes it will be through such discussions that we will create new and more satisfying cultural paradigms within which we may live all the days of our lives with dignity and quality of care.


If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Julie- Can’t think of a time that could possibly be more interesting than now.
Victoria- I agree with Julie. Now is interesting. I have no interest in traveling back in time.

Hobbies-
Julie- Reading, cooking, long walks, painting, and drawing.
Victoria- Reading, cycling, knitting, long walks in nature, time with my family.

Do you have other professions besides writing?
Victoria is a social worker and case manger with seniors for the past 17 years. She just launched a business called NorthernMSW which will focus on raising awareness, education, and trainings for professionals and non-professionals along with facilitating discussion groups on the topics of death and dying. www.NorthernMSW.com
Julie has her own business called Create Write Enterprises where she assists with writing, editing and coaching for personal or business projects- (http://www.createwriteenterprises.com/)

What is your next project?
We are at work on book 2 as we call it currently. This book will also focus on death, dying, and the end of life, but from the perspectives of culture, ethnicity, and religion. We are aiming for a summer 2018 publication. Out of the 28 perspectives we are seeking for this book, we already have 13 committed individuals. It will cover the major religions of the world along with various ethnic and cultural perspectives.

Do you snack while writing?
Julie– Always! Meals, snacks, coffee, tea, chocolate, I write in my sleep, in the shower, while walking, and driving  😊

Victoria- Usually, coffee, tea, cookies, crackers, fruit, meals, wine, water, chocolate. I think of ideas while walking, when sitting quietly, and sometimes while driving!





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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Three is a War Book By Pam Godwin

The conclusion of the Tangled Lies series is now available!

Three is a War (Book 3)

Three means war. Three sides vying for forever.
Cole. My first love. The bad boy with the dangerous smile and passionate temper draws attention like a lit fuse on dynamite. But his dark molten eyes spark only for me.
Trace. My second chance. Over six feet of Norse god in a tailored suit, he calculates every move and seizes my hungry breaths with an iron fist.
Me. The free-spirited dancer, torn between two men with no resolution in sight. I tried leaving, staying, refusing, and surrendering. What options do I have left?
I love two men, and I do the only thing I can. I fight.

I rated this book 5 *****'s 
Danni made the right choice

I loved how the series ended for me. I am so happy that Danni made the right choice for me. From the beginning, I thought she should picked him and she did.

What a series Tangled Lies is. The story is a mess but it is beautiful. It is complicated but so worth it the end. I never a fan of threesome but this turned out so intriguing for me. I liked it.

It is like a game of tag of war where Danni is in the middle. This girl is so turned at the beginning and finally followed her heart. Three is always a crowd.

Bravo to Ms. Pam Godwin. If you love to read a book with full of emotions, twist and sexiness, Tangle Lies is a perfect series and prepare a box of Kleenex and a fan to cool you down.


One is a Promise (Book 1)


One promise. One forever.
One look and I knew Cole was mine. My dark rebel in leather. My powerhouse of passion, devastating smiles, and impulsiveness. When his job sends him overseas, he promises to return to me. A promise that’s destroyed in the most irrevocable way.
Two years later, an arrogant suit invades my heartbroken loneliness.
Clean-cut and stern, Trace is everything Cole wasn’t. At first, he’s a job that will rescue my dance company. But as he intrudes on my life, our hostile relationship evolves. He knows I’m still in love with Cole, but his dedication is my undoing.
Then a catastrophic moment changes everything.
Promises resurface. Lies entangle. And an impossible choice shatters my world.
I love two men, and I can only have one.



Two is a Lie (Book 2)

Two lies. Two men who don’t share.
I never stopped loving Cole. Not when he left me. Not when he disappeared for three years. Not when he crashed back into my life in a violent explosion of testosterone and fury. His sudden reappearance questions everything I thought I knew, including how I came to love another man.
Trace is an intoxicating breeze of seduction over ice. My rock. My second chance at forever. And he’s committed to annihilating the competition.
The battle that ensues wrenches me back and forth between them. Fighting and fucking. Resisting and submitting.
Together, they entangle me in a web of lies, rivalry, and desire that weaves as deeply as their devotion to me.
I love two men, and if I can only have one, I choose none.

Pam Godwin

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
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Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Book Spotlight The Invitation By Tyfany Janee



Book Details:

Book Title: The Invitation: To Journey Through a Conscious Mind
​Category: Adult Fiction; 40 pages
​Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Tyfany Williams
Release date: March 31,2017
Tour dates: Aug 21 to Sept 1, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (​for mature content of love and relationships etc. 1-2 word usage of bad language. No sex scenes or erotica language.)

Book Description:

The Invitation: To Journey Through a Conscious Mind, is a showcase in talent from author and poet Tyfany Janee. She's eloquently produced the anthology through plaintive artistic angst. Injecting the essence of her soul into her prose. The diverse collection of poetry which lies between the covers is the result of an entire life's work experimenting within her vocation.

Her work is comprised of truth, meaning, hope, possibility and a succinct hint of humor as she tears away the facade from humanity. The works shed light on relative issues that we're all faced with in our easily waywardly led astray lives, and the monotony that makes up our existence.

The Invitation: To Journey Through a Conscious Mind is an ode to the beat generation of poets that carved their names in literary history. Any creative mind will revel in the inspiration that lies between these pages; it's full of daring attitude, and celebration for the authentic. A unique look on love, that you have to dare to delve within. It harnesses true devotion, with a stark, hair raising element of modern reality.


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Tyfany Janee is a mother and an upcoming graduate with a BS in Business Administration in a concentration of Entrepreneurship, and a minor in Marketing. She is a prolific writer, author and poet and she has an upcoming plan of releasing a short story collection in 2018 that she titles; The Road Sometimes Traveled; and a poetry collection book titled "RSVP: To Be You Unapologetically.” Additionally, a release of a debut novel, the first of a series in 2019 she titles; To Love Him..I.

Her recent book is comprised of truth, meaning, hope, possibility and a much-needed element of humor when it comes to exposing the true nature of humankind. Tyfany devours inspiration wherever she can get it, from cult classics, to just about anything she can see.

Why should readers read your book, what makes yours different?
There are many great books out there. I love so many of them myself. I have a deep respect for the Authors. We should celebrate one another in our art because it’s not easy to write a book.
My book is different because I put it all in there. Like the analogy of leaving it all on the stage.  I shared my experiences and some of others who wanted a voice, through poetic form. This book will be there, it will say what was wanted to say or what you may be feeling right now. I wanted to be real, share life in its layers.

What advice would you give budding writers?
If there is no opportunity or no door is opening. Create your own. Do it the way you want to. You’ll never regret a journey that you lead.

Do you have any other passion besides writing?
I am passionate about singing/songwriting and film production/directing. I used to sing in school and church, taken TV Production and Broadcast Journalism courses along the years. I just love art and media.
Not giving up on any of them, I plan to write and direct a web series. Apart of the publishing/writing/marketing company, I’m planning to do, incorporates books and music marketing. So, there’s more to me than just writing books.

The last book that you’ve read?
The Summer of Me by, Angela Benson. She’s also the Best-Selling Author of Deliah’s Daughters. The Summer of Me is a great book. I was interested in it from the title alone. Sometimes we need to just focus on ourselves. This character was fun, witty, and well detailed. I related in some ways.

What book are you currently reading?
I Can’t Make This Up, by Kevin Hart. I mean come on, who doesn’t love Kevin? Laughter is good for the soul. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time. He’s very real in his persona and the things he’s overcome to get where his is, it’s remarkable. He never tries to cover any of it up either. You get him. His efforts have shown hard work over the years going from just stand-up comedy, to the big screen.

Favorite Travel Spot?
This might be corny, but I haven’t visited it yet, Barcelona, Spain. I know you’re like, how can I say it’s a favorite? Because I know I’m going to love it. I’ve seen countless descriptions of the its beauty. I see a country with a very high culture in art. A cuisine that exudes in flavor. I can’t wait. It’s like my Eat, Pray, Love destination. I’ll take the basic Spanish that I still remember with me and enjoy the country. It’s on the bucket list.

Any Hobbies?

I love to cook. Just as much as I love eating. So, win, win. I try to find new and creative ways to do little recipes or add a spin to a classic. I like 30-minute meals. What mom doesn’t?  It comes out good most of the time. My sons love it, or maybe they just love anything. Lasagna, Mac & Cheese and Fried Chicken, anytime we have a function, I’m asked if I feel like cooking it.


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Book Spotlight Speaking with Strategic Impact by Kate LeVan

This book is a must-read if you’re a consultant, analyst, pitch team leader, roadshow executive, technology specialist, project manager, internal or external marketer, sales rep, subject matter expert or innovator.




Book Details:

Book Title: Speaking with Strategic Impact: Four Steps to Extraordinary Presence & Persuasion
​Author: Kate LeVan
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 152 pages
Genre: Business
Publisher: Delton Press
Release date: May 24, 2017
Tour dates: June 12 to 30, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Speaking with Strategic Impact is for business people who make their living—or their mark—through presentations long and short.

It’s a must-read if you’re a consultant, analyst, pitch team leader, roadshow executive, technology specialist, project manager, internal or external marketer, sales rep, subject matter expert or innovator.

Do your presentations unexpectedly fall flat? Do others hijack your meetings? Do you spend more time compiling slide decks than actually influencing decision-makers? Has someone vaguely told you that you “should look more confident up there” or that you “lack gravitas”? Have you watched TED Talks but wonder how you can bring that level of effectiveness into real business presentations?

Speaking with Strategic Impact gives you the key to leadership presence and persuasion. More than just tips and tricks, it outlines a discipline for navigating real business situations with consistently superior outcomes that’s favored by top business schools and Fortune 500 companies. You’ll get specific strategic and tactical advice to keep you on the mark in your presentations and meetings—and differentiate you from the vast majority of business presenters.

Read Speaking with Strategic Impact to master the means by which you make a living and a difference in the world!


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Kate LeVan trains, coaches and collaborates on business communication effectiveness with major corporations worldwide and as an instructor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Her training consistently receives top ratings from executive development program participants for its simplicity, applicability and career-changing impact.

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1.Why did you write this book?
I’ve been training and coaching executives in effective business communication for almost 20 years now.  I estimate that I’ve seen, evaluated, or helped develop about 2,000 business presentations in that time.  I figure this is a solid enough sample from which to draw some conclusions!

I do think that the book has a bias toward helping Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), though.  All those salt-of-the-earth, analytical types who see the possibilities or problems and get it done. I especially want to reach the ones who aspire to be leaders, but think they don’t have the chops.  

You see, this does NOT describe me.  I’m an ex-advertising and marketing executive for whom high-stakes pitches were my stock and trade.  I often got promoted or recognized during my career over these SMEs because I knew how to be seen and heard.  So, as I say in my book, I like to think that I’m giving people like those I describe—and whom I deeply admire—the key to mastering the means by which they make a living and a difference in the world.

2.  Why now?  Was there a catalyst for your book?

There’s a lot of buzz out there about TED Talks and Steve Jobs as representing the gold standard for presenting.  I don’t disagree.  But the reality is that the majority of business presenters don’t do those kinds of presentations.  They mostly do everything after the “ta-da” concept has been revealed.  The work sessions, the conference calls, the management updates and the occasional town hall meeting or industry forum that—while lower profile—tend to unnerve them and feel just as “high stakes.”  

My book doesn’t give them a bunch of templates to fill in, nor does it simply suggest that they throw in more stories and pictures.  I give them a well-honed and proven discipline around strategically assessing what an audience needs in a given situation.  Then I add a few fundamental tools and techniques.  Taken together, it’s a process that let’s them do what they know how to do so well—THINK.  But think about something their academic training never required them to consider:  staying strategically focused on their decision-makers in order to be better seen and heard and accomplish their objectives.


3.  In the book you say, “You have to BE present to have PRESENCE.”  What does that mean?

There is a tendency in business to use words like “Presence” and “Gravitas” as though they are woo-woo elements on the periodic table that are present in some people and not in others.  I do think people may display more or less of them depending on certain factors—like life experience and comfort with an audience.  I can’t give people a greater knowledge base or more years of experience than they already have.  But I can give them a method to focus and calm their energy so that they are less mired in their self-centered details and fears and more aware of what can and should be done in the moment for the audience to be effective.  I call that Presence.

4.What’s the craziest thing that ever happened to you in a presentation?

Maybe the craziest was when I was supposed to present to 50 Chicago business leaders who were guests of my banking client.  We were using the bank’s conference facilities that evening.  When they hooked up their laptop to project my slides for the presentation, it died. I told them, no worries, they could use my laptop as a backup.  They plugged it in— and it sparked and died too.  By now it was 10 minutes before start time and all the guests had arrived.  The host from the bank was mortified and said he wouldn’t expect me to do anything, since I had no slides.  I asked for a flip chart and some markers instead.

The presentation began with my client apologizing profusely and taking full responsibility for the compromised situation I was in and the compromised presentation they would see.
Of course, I had rehearsed my presentation; so, all I did was list my main points on separate charts and flip to them as I got to that part of my presentation.  I wrote in key words or important details as I needed to, and moved around the room when I wasn’t referring to anything on the charts.  

At the end of my presentation, the group applauded, but my client was overjoyed.  He repeated his apologies and the story about how everything had gone awry despite their best efforts.  The business leaders politely listened to my frazzled client’s explanation.  Finally, one of them disclosed what many had assumed—that all this was an elaborate hoax to demonstrate that they didn’t need slides and could do just as effective a presentation without them.  

I guess I couldn’t have had a more effective session.  But, as I shared with the audience, I really did need a drink!


5.What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
What comes up for me is one of those instances of facing one’s own fear.

I had just gone through a divorce and was at risk of losing my home, when I managed to secure a job with a Chicago advertising agency.  I thought everything was golden.  After about 3 months, the longtime agency account that I had been hired to manage went away through no fault of my own.   Apparently, they had been planning on taking things in house for some time.  I figured I was on the ropes again.  Then the agency president offered me a position on a liquor account.  It would require that I work with some unsavory characters in my book with lots of travel and after-hours drinking.  It just wasn’t me.  But I so needed the money.  

I can almost feel now that same pit in my stomach that I had while driving down Lake Shore Drive, knowing I was about to refuse the job without any other safety net.  I remember reciting the poem my Dad once gave me about “speak your truth quietly and clearly.”  I did manage that day--with a tremble in my voice—to explain to the agency president that I just couldn’t do this to myself and I’d rather take my chances.  As I left his office, he stopped me and came to the door.  All he said was, “You know, it took a lot to do what you just did.”

Later that week I got called into his office again—to be given the lead on the biggest pitch the agency had ever taken on.  Needless to say, we won.  


5. If anyone in the world could review your book, who would you pick and what would you hope they’d say?

My Dad, God rest his soul.  And I would hope he’d say, “You know, it took a lot to do what you just did.” J


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Friday, June 16, 2017

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR: The Seduction Expert by La Baronne



Book Details:

Book Title: The Seduction Expert by La Baronne
​Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 178 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance , Self-help
Publisher: VSP Publishing
Release date: May 27, 2017
Tour dates: May 29 to June 16, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

After two best-sellers in France and Brazil, the seduction expert has now arrived in New York with her Vuitton luggage. She was the most famous seduction expert in France. She is now the most famous seduction expert in the world.

Imagine years spent in her company, during which she challenges the biggest heartbreakers… Years of analyzing, tracking and well-deserved revenge. All motivated by a single promise: to change the lives of all those women calling upon her services. A few women would swear that The Seduction Expert changed their lives. She is an iron hand in a velvet glove, a woman of honour, dressed in a designer suit. She is the Wonder Woman of modern times who owns Gucci shoes and Burberry coats. She is the kind of woman of action who brings emotional turmoil. Get her card, it's much better than spending holidays in St Barth!


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Meet the Author:

La Baronne is a consultant, and human relations hold few secrets for her. She knows all the facets, even the smallest, as she has spent time studying the subject. In her opinion, love and human relations are simply a science integrating a complicated mechanism from which stem a number of principles, laws, equations and rules. Like a game of poker where you test different strategies at certain moments. Here you are bluffing, there you are betting, then you are laying the cards on the table and finally, you fold. In short, the factor "luck" does not exist for La Baronne, it has been invented by those that know nothing about it.



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Monday, June 12, 2017

One Is A Promise Book By Pam Godwin

One is a Promise


One promise. One forever.
One look and I knew Cole was mine. My dark rebel in leather. My powerhouse of passion, devastating smiles, and impulsiveness. When his job sends him overseas, he promises to return to me. A promise that’s destroyed in the most irrevocable way.
Two years later, an arrogant suit invades my heartbroken loneliness.
Clean-cut and stern, Trace is everything Cole wasn’t. At first, he’s a job that will rescue my dance company. But as he intrudes on my life, our hostile relationship evolves. He knows I’m still in love with Cole, but his dedication is my undoing.
Then a catastrophic moment changes everything.
Promises resurface. Lies entangle. And an impossible choice shatters my world.
I love two men, and I can only have one.

I rated this book 5 *****'s 
What a roller coaster ride of emotions
This is only the first book of the series. Wow! what a roller coaster ride of emotions. I loved Ms. Pam Godwin's new book. This book is beyond beautiful. The story is so mesmerizing especially Danni and Trace. This is two keeps pulling me through from the start to the finish. I loved these two characters. They are my favorite.
This book is emotional, funny and so hot. One hot scene is about up in the air, that scene is not only hot but so unique.  Trace drives me insane. This guy is mysterious, yet sweet and romantic. I wish Danni will pick him in the end of the series but we will see.
I liked the songs too.  I loved how the illustration in every chapters. It is adorable. I am looking forward to read the second book from the series.
If you loved to dance, this book is I recommend aside from the family love and romance. You should check this series out. You will loved it.

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Two is a Lie

Release Date: July 11, 2017 Amazon | Other retailers | Goodreads
Two lies. Two men who don’t share.
I never stopped loving Cole. Not when he left me. Not when he disappeared for three years. Not when he crashed back into my life in a violent explosion of testosterone and fury. His sudden reappearance questions everything I thought I knew, including how I came to love another man.
Trace is an intoxicating breeze of seduction over ice. My rock. My second chance at forever. And he’s committed to annihilating the competition.
The battle that ensues wrenches me back and forth between them. Fighting and fucking. Resisting and submitting.
Together, they entangle me in a web of lies, rivalry, and desire that weaves as deeply as their devotion to me.
I love two men, and if I can only have one, I choose none.

Three is a War

Release Date: August 29, 2017 Preorder Links | Goodreads
Three means war. Three sides vying for forever.
Cole. My first love. The bad boy with the dangerous smile and passionate temper draws attention like a lit fuse on dynamite. But his dark molten eyes spark only for me.
Trace. My second chance. Over six feet of Norse god in a tailored suit, he calculates every move and seizes my hungry breaths with an iron fist.
Me. The free-spirited dancer, torn between two men with no resolution in sight. I tried leaving, staying, refusing, and surrendering. What options do I have left?
I love two men, and I do the only thing I can. I fight.

Pam Godwin

Pam Godwin Books GrayScale
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
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Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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