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The Virgin Huntress by Victoria Vane

Posted: 11 Aug 2012 12:30 PM PDT

Lady Vesta Chambers is accustomed to getting what she wants…and what she wants is Captain Hewett DeVere…

Coddled and pampered since her mother's death, Lady Vesta Chambers is beside herself when her father goes to London to prepare for her come-out and returns with a young bride of his own. With her world turned upside down, Vesta accompanies her godmother, Diana, to town where she is smitten the moment she lays eyes on a certain captain of the Seventeenth Light Dragoons.

But when the object of her passion has eyes for another…

After reading and loving A Wild Night's Bride by Victoria Vane a few weeks ago, I was chomping at the bit to sink my teeth into The Virgin Huntress, the second book in the Devil DeVere series.  I was not disappointed!

Vesta Chambers has been living with her godmother, Diana, while her father enjoys time alone with his new bride. She's just turned eighteen and about to come out.  Captain Hewett DeVere has been away but is now ready to settle down and he has his eyes on the lovely Diana.

However, Vesta has taken one look at Hew and fallen head over heels.  She will do whatever it takes to get what she wants,  consequences be damned.  What ensues is a bold and fun romp that will leave you thoroughly entertained! Naughty and nice and wickedly delightful, fans of Vane's work will relish the boldness of Vesta and sigh with pleasure at the sparks that fly between her and Hew.  I can't wait to read more in this engaging and historical romance series! The Devil DeVeres are so dashing - what girl wouldn't swoon? Victoria Vane is a very talented author!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Posted: 11 Aug 2012 04:54 PM PDT

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Marilyn: The Passion and Paradox of Marilyn Monroe by Lois Banner

Posted: 11 Aug 2012 06:00 AM PDT

From Goodreads: Like her art, Marilyn Monroe was rooted in paradox: She was a powerful star and a childlike waif; a joyful, irreverent party girl with a deeply spiritual side; a superb friend and a narcissist; a dumb blonde and an intellectual. No previous biographer has recognized—much less attempted to analyze—most of these aspects of her personality. Lois Banner has.

Since Marilyn's death in August of 1962, the appetite for information about her has been insatiable. Biographies of Marilyn abound, and whether these books are sensational or flawed, Marilyn's fans have always come out in bestselling numbers. This time, with Lois 

Banner'sRevelations, the fans won't be disappointed. This is no retread of recycled material. As one of the founders of the field of women's history, Banner will reveal Marilyn Monroe in the way that only a top-notch historian and biographer could.

In researching Revelations, Banner's credentials opened doors. She gained access to Marilyn intimates who hadn't spoken to other biographers, and to private material unseen, ignored, or misinterpreted by her predecessors. With new details about Marilyn's childhood foster homes, her sexual abuse, her multiple marriages, her affairs, and her untimely death at the age of thirty-six, Revelations is, at last, the nuanced biography Marilyn fans have been waiting for.

I've never read anything about Marilyn Monroe.  Sure, I've seen some old movies with her in it and I've heard about a conspiracy theory surrounding her death.  But beyond that, I was pretty clueless until I immersed myself in Banner's Marilyn.  It took me a while to really get a connection to this book.  It was really dry reading, with alot of time spent with Banner explaining why her research of Marilyn was correct and why everyone's before her was not.

But getting past that, she did offer some fresh perspectives about Marilyn's life.  Was she manipulated by men or was she in charge of her own destiny is for the reader to decide.  But I was intrigued in learning about Norma Jean's (her real name) childhood, her rise to stardom and her many men.  I particularly enjoyed the photographs in the book.  It really added to the story seeing her in so many different places and with so many different people.  Her life was simply captivating and tragic.

If you are a Marilyn fan or simply like to read biographies, I urge you to pick up Marilyn by Lois Banner.  Even though it's a bit unorthodox in places, meaning the author's whatfors and how comes, it really is a compelling piece of fiction.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Vitamin D Cure: The Sun and Vitamin D and a Giveaway!

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 09:30 PM PDT

The Sun and Vitamin D

By James E. Dowd, M.D. and Diane Stafford,
Authors of The Vitamin D Cure, Revised Edition
Most people mistakenly think that they get enough vitamin D from casual sun exposure or their diets. Unfortunately, this is not true. People in today's urban digital society rarely get enough sun exposure to fill their vitamin D requirement, and nondietary sources must meet about 90 percent of your daily D needs.
The more melanin you have in your skin and the faster you tan, the more sunlight you need to convert pre-vitamin D to vitamin D you can use. The melanin in your skin acts as a natural sunscreen that blocks up to 90 percent of UV light. Dark African Americans need about seven times as much sunlight as fair-skinned European Americans to manufacture the necessary amount of vitamin D.
When equatorial dwellers immigrate to the United States, they move from overexposure at the equator, and their melanin, which once provided protection from the sun, now turns into a handicap in making vitamin D. This is a major reason for African Americans' higher incidence of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, gout, heart disease, systemic lupus, and cancer.
You may be thinking, I just need to take this book to my doctor and ask for a prescription to move to Florida or Southern California so I can get enough sunshine.
That's not the solution, and here's why: you have to live a lifestyle that lets you get outside to soak up sunlight. If your lifestyle doesn't allow that, you could live in Hawaii and be D deficient.
You won't see much difference in the D levels of people living in Florida and those from the northern United States, simply because culture, urbanization, and technology have lured all of us indoors and out of the sun during the last quarter century. Moreover, the smog in large metropolitan areas decreases D production, compared to rural areas at the same latitude.
The casual sunlight exposure of today's urban lifestyle isn't enough to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D, no matter what your latitude. That's why the Vitamin D Cure is essential!
The above is an excerpt from the book The Vitamin D Cure, Revised Edition by James E. Dowd, M.D. and Diane Stafford. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.
Copyright © 2012 James E. Dowd, M.D. and Diane Stafford, authors of The Vitamin D Cure, Revised Edition
Authors Bios
James E. Dowd, M.D., co-author of The Vitamin D Cure, Revised Edition, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University and the founder and director of both the Arthritis Institute of Michigan and the Michigan Arthritis Research Center. 
Diane Stafford, co-author of The Vitamin D Cure, Revised Edition, has published more than twelve books, including Migraines For Dummies and No More Panic Attacks.
For more information please visit http://www.drjamesdowd.com and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter

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