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Bestseller: Audio Book Review 'Fates and Furies' by Lauren Groff

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Bestselling, multiple award winning, Fates and Furies is a deviation from modern literary tradition that proves to deepen an intensely emotional tragedy.

Delicious Gluten Free Sangria Stew

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This stew is not only tasty with a mild sweet flavor, but gorgeous with lovely red tones that serve as a perfect background for the colorful veggies. Gluten Free, Paleo, it is a wonderfully healthy dish that is absolutely delicious!

Audio Book Review ‘The Secret Chord’ by Geraldine Brooks

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Written by a Pulitzer Prize Winning Author!
The Hebrew Bible claims; God loved King David most. Whether you view The Bible as a religious guide, history book, or a timeless work of literature, you likely find this idea perplexing enough to have a few questions pass through your mind’s eye. After all, King David was a warrior, a military leader that was responsible for many deaths, albeit to claim an earthly kingdom for God, many shed blood.

17 Beauty Hacks for Stunning Results

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Fun and effective hacks to make the most of  your attributes for a special evening out, a job interview or an important meeting. Relax and enjoy, Shani Grimmond has got you covered.

Book Review 'Six Years' by Harlan Coben

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No doubt about it, Harlan Coben has “got it goin’ on;” a new novel every year, movies, No Second Chance, a six episode, French television crime drama, and The Five, a 10 episode series in Britain. Surprisingly, he claims to love writing for tv, so much so that it sends his movie adaptions somewhere down on the list of priorities.

Book Review 'The Bullet' by Mary Louise Kelly

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On the surface, Caroline Cashion is gorgeous, smart, and successful; dig a little deeper and find she is a bit too isolated, enjoys sex without strings, and fears commitment.

Gluten Free Meatless Vegetable Moussaka

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Moussaka is a Mediterranean dish made popular by the Greeks. Studies show that Mediterranean cuisine is perhaps among the healthiest. This gluten free, meatless, dish is satisfying and rich with flavor.

Book Review ‘Margot’ by Jillian Cantor

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What if Anne Frank’s sister, Margot, lived and made the journey to begin a new life in The United States? Furthermore, delving deeper into speculation, Anne Frank mentioned her older sister also kept a diary, what would we learn from Margot’s perspective if her diary surfaced?

5 Ancient End-of-Times Myths that Really Happened

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In recent years researchers and scholars have begun to give ancient myths a fresh eye and it seems that our ancestor’s colorful use of hyperbole and metaphors often fooled us into confusing fact as fiction.
This video by Dark5 defines five actual events that we once believed were wild myths.

Bestseller: Audio Book Review ‘Our Souls at Night’ by Kent Haruf

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Age or die young, for everyone, this is a grim reality.
Our Souls at Night is a beautiful story about a relationship between two aging adults who form a unique friendship in order to alleviate the devastating loneliness in their lives.

Gluten Free Roasted Asian Chicken Tenders

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Quick and easy with a lot of flavor, make a few for yourself or a bunch and feed a crowd, use a fork, chopsticks or just your fingers, it’s all good.

10 Unsolved Desert Mysteries

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Crop circles, fairy circles, and more secrets held by the deserts and shared by G Facts. A hot bed of unexplained phenomenons to intrigue your inner conspiracy theorist.

Book Review 'The Governor’s Wife' by Michael Harvey

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No less than four Illinois Governors have received prison sentences.

Admittedly inspired by former disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the premise is magnificent, but there are some fundamental issues that disrupt an otherwise potentially fabulous mystery.

Audio Book Review 'The Rocks' by Peter Nichols

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Written by a former sea captain, the novel begins with a philosophical message about the journey to Homer’s Ithaca, profound; the recurring theme uniquely becomes a parallel to the eccentric characters’ lives in this epic story.

Gluten Free No Bake Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bars

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It’s that time of year; sweet treats take center stage at parties and family gatherings.  Gluten free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun or deny yourself a few sweets. Here’s an excellent treat I put together to take to a cookie exchange.

Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day with 10 Sticky Facts

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American’s love peanut butter, so celebrate National Peanut Butter day 2016 by gaining a peanut butter education with 10 sticky facts provided by Geobeats.

Watch an Impressive Collage of Drone Video

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A flowing stream, a child in a forest, the construction of bridges, and a dam, this video is a hodgepodge of fabulous footage caught at vantage points only possible by a drone.
Thanks to Adrien Olivier for giving us the opportunity to experience the wonders.

Chocolate Brownies: No Gluten, No Dairy, No Egg, No Oil-Only 2 Ingredients

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We love brownies! Originating in Chicago at the Palmer House Hotel in 1893, the delicious marriage of the cake and the cookie is undoubtedly an all-time favorite.
Unfortunately, for health and ingredient conscious individuals, replacements often lack the flavor we crave. So, when we say, only two ingredients without the usual allergens, the first concern is taste. Fear not as this gooey chocolaty treat is not lacking any taste; in fact, it tastes better than most.

Audio Book Review ‘The Forgotten Room’ by Lincoln Child

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Imagine: tasting color, seeing sound, and hearing food; euphoria or a window into Hell?
The Forgotten Room is modern day science fiction mingling with the paranormal.
This is my first Lincoln Child book; my initial reaction is wow-what a unique writer. A lover of fine flowing literature done well, I’m in awe of his no-nonsense style of writing, so tightly suffused with an intellectual peculiarity that drives the premise like a well-tuned machine, simply said: the author’s skill is effectively eccentric, much like the cast of science minded characters in the novel.

15 Scientific Discoveries in 2015

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2015 was a productive year in science with the discovery of 211 previously unknown species in the Eastern Himalayas, alone. We are apparently just beginning.  In addition, scientists learned to control the speed of light, and grow vegetables in space with evidence suggesting water on Mars the possibilities are endless. Beyond Science captured these and many more in this summary of 2015, a year of scientific breakthroughs that promise to make life on Earth and beyond better.

Hot Apple Pie an Adult Drink to Warm You

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This delicious cold weather beverage will warm you straight through winter. It is easy and tasty and you can make some and place it in a thermos to heat up your tailgate party.

Audio Book Review 'The Lightning Stones' by Jack Du Brul

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The action-packed novel definitely lives up to the hype. Clive Cussler’s co-author of the popular, New York Times best-selling series, Oregon Files, has stepped out on his own with a science fiction thriller jam packed with suspense, adventure, and action.

Sassy 2-Ingredient Gluten Free Dipping Sauce

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Great for French fries, chicken, veggies and more, with an appetizing appearance and mildly sweet initial taste that gives way to a slightly spicy kick, it is perfect for game day or any day.

Audio Book Review ‘First Frost’ by Sarah Addison Allen

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A bit of magic and a lot of family support in a story with an emphasis on the positive. Sometimes it’s a pleasure to read a bit of fiction and appreciate a low-drama situation, even though, it’s obvious that circumstances are going to turn out for the best.

Audio Book Review 'Rogue Lawyer' by John Grisham

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The Rogue Lawyer is Sebastian Rudd, a daredevil who struggles with ethics; he is a signature headliner with charisma.

Don Henley Releases Heartbreaking Statement on Glenn Frey

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Happy National Popcorn Day with the Original 'Popcorn' Song by Hot Butter

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Audio Book Review: 'Condominium' by John D. MacDonald with an Introduction by Dean Koontz

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Author John D. MacDonald gave us fabulous pieces of literature The Executioners better known today as Cape Fear, and many others along with over twenty Travis McGee novels. Perhaps, John D. is the greatest modern day novelist. Many of today’s best-selling authors boast of his influence on their career. Dean Koontz has often referred to him with remarkable admiration and praise. Demonstrating this is the interesting tribute he wrote about the author in the foreword of the paperback edition of Condominium. Grant it, Koontz did not say much specifically about the novel he was seemingly endorsing, but who would think differently? Probably no one would question his true feelings until he did the introduction on the audio version of the same book where we learn Dean Koontz did not like it quite as much as most of us concluded. The audio version features Dean Koontz saying as much in his own words.

Crock Pot Roasted Vegetable Feast Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo

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Gorgeous color with full-bodied taste and texture, this combination relies on the slow roasting process to combine flavors that taste so rich it will leave you wondering if it is really healthy.

Audio Book Review 'The Shore' by Sara Taylor

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The Shore explicitly exposes a third-world culture so ignored by modern society it will surprise most that it exists in the United States. The author provides raw insight into an impaired society that resides on the gorgeous islands of the Chesapeake Bay.

Murder, rape, domestic abuse, poverty, addiction, and birth defects haunt the inhabitants of the marsh and despite the hellacious fear, the indoctrination is so deep that most never leave and those that do, inevitably return.

Book Review ‘Saint Mazie’ by Jami Attenberg

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Granted, Mazie Phillips is not an ordinary saint; she drinks too much, swears, and has numerous careless sexual relations, but her imperfections allow her to set aside judgement and simply help those who need it most.
Believe it or not, Mazie Phillips is only a slightly fictionalized character based upon the real-life, Mazie Phillips. In this, why didn’t I think of that novel, Jami Attenberg does a beautiful job of researching and arriving at a conjecture that ultimately translates into a realism that is so believable it seems like she peered into Mazie’s mind so we could enjoy a glimpse.