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K.L. Romo

K.L. Romo has 11 articles published.

K.L. Romo
K. L. Romo writes about life on the fringe: teetering dangerously on the edge is more interesting than standing safely in the middle. She is passionate about women’s issues, loves noisy clocks and fuzzy blankets, but HATES the word normal. Visit KLRomo.com or @klromo.

Switch-On With Small Steps to Self-Care for Busy Living

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As Reese Witherspoon describes, Self-Care For the Real World (Abrams) by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips is “a manual for everyone about real health from the inside out.” With our busy lives, many people, especially women, can’t help but believe that caring for themselves is self-indulgent. When we have so many other people to care for, there’s little time for self-care—someone else would suffer for it. But self-care is getting what you need instead of just what you want. It “…means being switched on, fully present and engaged in your life…. The opposite of switching off and retreating from the world.” It’s necessary. What nourishes, nurtures and recharges you? Refueling, loving, and being kind are the basics of self-care. You…

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A Quest for Meaning and Moby-Dick—A Whale of a Tale

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An ancient house built in 1873, a developmentally delayed boy, and a hidden manuscript combine to create the perfect treasure hunt—securing Herman Melville’s famous Moby-Dick manuscript, its value rising with each casualty. The Moby-Dick Blues (Roundfire Books) by Michael Strelow chronicles the hunt for not only literary treasure, but the search for admiration and purpose: “The story of Arvin and his family and the manuscript for Moby-Dick, [is] the unlikely tale of unlikely characters just like Melville’s story.” Arvin Kraft is used to being left out. His family talks about him as if he can’t hear them. He knows his brain isn’t as quick to process as theirs, as his older brothers, Ben and Carl, always remind him. “My two fast…

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Spies, Lies, Goodbyes and the Quest For Blue

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The color blue—one of the rarest colors on earth. It is the color of the sky and sea, of eternity, of divinity. And sometimes the color of death. A color which proved to be at the heart of the race for the most coveted porcelain in the world. In The Blue (Endeavour Quill), Nancy Bilyeau uses the 18th century race to manufacture porcelain—adding spies from England and France—to create a historical thriller with an ingenious premise. Twenty-four-year-old Genevieve Planché is a passionate painter but may not pursue her art; historical painting is not appropriate for women in 1758 England. Although she paints flowers on silk dresses, and will soon become a decorator at Derby Porcelain Works, her work is almost…

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Mind Over Money: Creating a Millionaire Mentality

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This is not an ordinary book about financial strategies; it is a guide to creating a millionaire mindset. Investing is not just about money; it’s about your life—your emotions and behavior and goals. Especially in today’s turbulent times, overcoming negative attitudes and biases is vital to making sound financial decisions. The Millionaire Within: A Guidebook to Money, Relationships, and Creating a Vision For Your Unique Path to Success (First Edition Design Publishing) will help navigate you to happiness and financial fulfillment. Instead of market analysis and portfolio diversification, this ingenious book sparks an innovation in personal financial planning. Father-daughter duo Walter Wisniewski and Allison Vanaski, with 40 years of combined experience, help clients change their perceptions about money. They know…

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This Month’s Book: Luxury Liner, Lies, and Lifeboat 21

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For the month of November, all chapters of the Girly Book Club are reading On a Cold Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell. Here’s our review: April 15, 1912.  Lifeboat 21 saves a mere 12 lives instead of the 65 it was built to hold. This is not just another tale of the Titanic’s voyage but an exploration of the aftermath left in its wake. Three women, each with her own secrets, rowed to rescue that night amid the wails of other passengers freezing in the arctic waters. On a Cold Dark Sea (Lake Union) by Elizabeth Blackwell takes us into their lives before and after the tragedy and examines what it means to be a lucky survivor. Charlotte Digby is a…

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For Novak: Romance, Mystery, Cookies & Greek Goddess

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Having written more than 50 novels, Brenda Novak is an expert at pulling our romantic heartstrings. But in addition, a mysterious disappearance forms the backdrop in Before We Were Strangers (MIRA). Inspired by a segment from a true-crime television show, her latest novel is a story of intrigue, mystery, and psychosis. Novak says she watched a show that “featured a woman whose mother went missing when she was small. As the girl grew up, she suspected her father had something to do with it, but she wasn’t sure enough to accuse him, and because there was no solid evidence… Novak couldn’t resist the pull of the question, “Did the father do it?” and wanted to explore the mystery through her…

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Terry Watkins’ Darling Girl Disrupted

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What if you lived in a trailer, always moving to the next town? What if your mom had to spend weeks away and your dad was never home? In Darling Girl (Green Place Books), a heart-moving tale, Terry H. Watkins chronicles 13 years in the precarious life of “DG” Pitre through 23 vignettes across four continents. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! This novel propels the reader into the mind of a child, the narrative a realistic voice of an insecure young girl, getting more sophisticated as time passes. Watkins’ artful showing of characterization, place, and emotion is impressive. Except for her younger brothers, everyone in DG’s life is an expert at going away. The first time DG’s mother…

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“The Fallen Architect:” An Old-Fashioned Mystery

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It’s a good old-fashioned murder mystery, with a literal twist: back-bending acrobats! In The Fallen Architect, Charles Belfoure (House of Thieves and The Paris Architect, Sourcebooks Landmark) throws readers into a murder mystery enveloped in the electrifying world of variety theater in turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. Although the son of a humble stonemason, Douglas Layton became a rising star in the Royal Institute of British Architects, using his skills at designing facades to reinvent himself. His yearning for the upper-crust lifestyle led him to conduct an elaborate masquerade—mimicking the English aristocracy, lying about being a gentry landowner, and marrying into power and wealth. Even with his life of leisure, Layton continues his passion to design beautiful buildings, much to the chagrin…

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Dupattas and Desire: “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows”

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For the month of October, all chapters of the Girly Book Club are reading Balli Kaur Jaswal’s Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (William Morrow). Here’s our review: In this textured tale about Punjabi Indian women and sexual taboos, Balli Kaur Jaswal masterfully juxtaposes modern and traditional, West and East, and each generation’s definition of oppression, with a murder mystery woven into the cultural tapestry. Nikki Grewal has already disappointed her parents, identifying more as British than Punjabi Sikh. At 22 she tends bar at a London pub—a girl with half a law degree and no husband. She can’t believe her sister Mindi wants an arranged marriage. Nikki craves independence while Mindi wants a family; their goals couldn’t be more different. Nonetheless, Nikki…

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“Love Coming Home” Author Links Happiness With Home

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What is your first thought when you walk through your front door? Do you love the way the air smells like spice, or do you get a whiff of dirty sneakers? Are you calmed by the soothing gray walls or stressed by the boxes of stuff lining them? Do you feel welcomed or would you rather run away? In her debut book, Love Coming Home (Beyond Words Publishing), Jennifer Adams, also known as “The House Whisperer,” shares her wealth of interior design knowledge to transform your house into an inviting and truly personal home. Well known for “redefining soft” and creating the ultimate sleep experience for Hollywood stars and 5-Star hotels and resorts, Adams focuses her attention on turning a house…

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“Fear The Reaper” – A Terrifying Truth Hiding in a Novel

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Ten percent. That’s the number of the population deemed unfit to belong. In Fear the Reaper (Macabre Ink) by David Simms, this frightening novel recounts the American Eugenics Movement in the 1930s, a dark secret in our country’s history. Psychologist Sam Taylor has developed a test to identify people with mental illness for whom therapy would help them lead more productive lives. After losing his wife and infant son, he agrees to join Dr. Joseph Dejarnette at Western Valley Hospital in rural Virginia to implement his test. Sam’s only intention is to “help those who needed the treatment they sought to improve society.” He never imagines it will be used to weed out people who The Society believes are unfit—people…

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