Tuesday, March 31, 2020

3/31/2020 Her Side of History Finding My Foremothers' Footprints by Claudia Severin @HFVBT





Her Side of History by Claudia Severin



Publication Date: March 19, 2020

eBook; ASIN: B0844YCVH8



Genre: Historical Fiction



Author Claudia J. Severin took things into her own hands when her genealogy research seemed limiting. Follow her foremothers, four mothers plucked from her family tree. She reimagines the lives of ancestral families in this anthology. Ina, the tragic suffragette, traded her college degree and teaching career for a loving husband and children in the 1910s, in the shadow of the Great War, but things did not work out as she planned. Mary, a German immigrant, finds love with an Iowa farmer, and crosses the state in a covered wagon with his entire family to become a homesteader on the Nebraska plains in 1869. She didn’t know that Indian encounters, prairie fires and locusts would threaten her and her rapidly growing family. Nellie fell for the bad boy, the Good Time Charley who didn’t let a little thing like Prohibition stand in his way. She tries to control his drinking and spending, while supporting her family in times of calamity in the 1920s and 1930s traveling from Nebraska to Kansas and back again. Katie finds herself the sole heir to her father’s farm in southeastern Nebraska decades after the Homestead Act took most of the land ownership out of play. She enjoys playing the flirtatious games learned from her older half-sisters. But are her suitors interested in her or her inheritance?


THOUGHTS/REVIEW:


I enjoyed reading this amazing historical fiction book inspired by the authors’ own research into her own genealogy. The book covers the distinct story line of four amazing women Ina, Mary, Nellie and Katie, all of whom were women from Severin’s family tree.


The book included pictures which were provided at the end of each of these amazing women’s stories, which for me made for an even more immersive read as I imagined these women’s day to day life, their struggles with their roles in their household and in their community at that time, their family, marriage, and the mundane life of running their household.


Severin’s creativity clearly showed by the beautiful and heartfelt writing and prose. I learned a lot just reading about them as these were based on well researched facts about the life of these women, as their families immigrated and settled around Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas region.


These women’s stories were so inspiring, and to know that these may very well be how their lives were, as women’s stories were harder to find then as more men’s heroics were published or mentioned, was the amazing part for me in reading this book. Women stayed in the shadows of these men in our history. It was for me such a refreshing take to see and write about these women and have them be in the forefront for once.


I absolutely loved and enjoyed this amazing, creatively well written, and researched historical fiction book. Brava Severin!!!








About the Author








Claudia Johnson Severin lives with her farmer husband on a southeastern Nebraska farm that was homesteaded in 1869 by her husband’s great-grandparents, a setting for a portion of her anthology. At one time, the farm was home to dairy cows and chickens, as well as children. The cows, chickens, and children have all moved on, along with her day job. She spent a year researching many branches of her family tree, but decided the facts she uncovered did not leave enough to the imagination. She applied imagination to the facts and came up with this book.



When she is not writing, she is constructing one-of-a-kind play structures for her grandchildren. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and a Cornhusker football fan.

Monday, March 30, 2020

THE LOST HISTORY OF DREAMS BY Kris Waldherr

Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (April 9, 2019)
Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc







A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets from the past that may hold the key to his future in this “sensual, twisting gothic tale…in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale, and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights” (BookPage).All love stories are ghost stories in disguise. “This one happily succeeds at both” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh’s remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained-glass folly set on the moors, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams.

However, Ada’s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights.

As the mystery of Ada and Hugh’s relationship unfolds, so too does the secret behind Robert’s own marriage—including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since a tragic accident three years earlier and the origins of his morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn’t...things from beyond the grave.


EDITORIAL REVIEWS:


"There is a Scheherazade-like structure to Isabelle's tale, and the haunting beauty of the love story makes Ada and Hugh come alive as characters. As in many gothic stories, the moldering old house that represents family tragedy is a fitting, creepy backdrop to the mysteries of the past. Waldherr avoids cliché in her rich descriptions and hints of supernatural presence that never cross into melodrama. Additionally, while most gothic tales offer only darkness and tragedy, a surprising amount of light and joy imbues the ending here. Fitting, perhaps, for a novel that uses stained glass as a symbol for heavenly possibility, even in the face of death. Waldherr writes that 'love stories are ghost stories in disguise.' This one, happily, succeeds as both."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Waldherr’s gripping debut mystery takes its inspiration from gothic-romance classics like Wuthering Heights…Waldherr plays with gothic tropes, from the plot devices of misty moors, unexpected fires, and uncovered letters to the gendered conventions of tragic romance. The novel builds into a surrealist, haunting tale of suspense where every prediction turns out to be merely a step toward a bigger reveal.”
Booklist
“Kris Waldherr delivers an accomplished debut novel, The Lost History of Dreams, an atmospheric and hypnotic love story that not even death can end… a sensual, twisting gothic tale that embraces Victorian superstition much in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights; the mystery is slyly developed, while the love story is tastefully titillating.”
BookPage



THOUGHTS/REVIEW:


I savored this amazing gothic love story that had the atmospheric vibe of one of my favorite books, Wuthering Heights. Kris Waldherr wrote an exquisite book that is hauntingly beautiful from the prose to the characters. This was definitely a page turner for me and had me reading into the wee hours of the night to twilight figuring out the twists and wonderful surprises until the very end.

While reading this book, you will be moved for its tragic story about love, loss and grief. This paranormal gothic romance had its share of brooding atmosphere, Victorianesque magical sensuality, in a crumbling estate full of complex and darkly mysterious characters.

I adored this book and highly recommend it.


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT






Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books for adults and children include Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was noted by the New York Times Book Review for its “quality of myth and magic.” Waldherr is also the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print. Her debut novel The Lost History of Dreams will be published by Atria Books in April 2019.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS by Samantha Mabry @algonquinbooks @algonquinyr



  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (March 24, 2020)
  • Language: English


In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award-longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.

The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.

In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.



Tigers, Not Daughters is a phrase from Shakespeare’s King Lear,” says Mabry, author of three young adult novels now, and a community college writing and Latino literature teacher in Dallas. “In the play, it’s used as an insult, hurled by Albany at Lear’s selfish and disobedient daughters. When I recently heard that phrase spit out with such venom during a production, it struck me—how could I write a story in which this wasn’t an insult, but, in a way, praise? I’ve always been of the mind that some parents frankly deserve to be disobeyed, and I’m sure many young people would agree. And I’ve always been interested in tinkering with various sources of inspiration, such as stories that explore Latinx identity and the various forms of assimilation. I’ve very loosely based the dynamic of the Torres sisters on my mother’s often complicated relationship with her sisters, and on their experience of being a mostly English-speaking Mexican-American family with roots near the US-Mexico border.”

Part family drama, part ghost story, and part love story, TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS is a stunning follow-up to All the Wind in the World, firmly establishing Mabry as a novelist not-to-be-missed,

Advance Praise for Tigers, Not Daughters

“A ghostly tale of revenge and the strength of the sisterly bond… The author adeptly portrays the claustrophobia of living in a small town and being under the watch of an overbearing patriarchal figure—in fact, the male gaze is the true enemy in this novel, and it’s only when the young women join forces that they’re able to break free of its oppressive ties. Mabry’s (All the Wind in the World, 2017, etc.) third novel has echoes of The Virgin Suicides. The protagonists are Latinx. The evocative language and deft characterization will haunt—and empower—readers.”
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Little Women meets The Virgin Suicides with a magical realist twist in this evocative and lovely novel… Similar to the March sisters, the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice, and the three sisters in King Lear... Mabry’s lyrical style weaves themes of sisterhood, death, and romance along with Shakespearean inspiration and paranormal elements to create something magical. VERDICT This novel is sure to appeal to fans of Mabry’s other works, and could serve as an introduction to magical realism for those unfamiliar with the genre. An engaging, heartfelt exploration of the multifaceted inner lives of teen girls and sisterhood.”
School Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Mabry speaks gracefully to the transformative power of grief and the often messy (even violent) road to letting go.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Move over, Louisa May Alcott! Samantha Mabry has written her very own magical Little Women for our times. This is no family of tamed girls but a clan of fierce and fighting young women who will draw readers into their spell. A celebration of the bonds of sisterhood and of the ways we heal by reaching beyond our losses, our brokenness and fears to the love that holds and heals.”
–Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents

“A moody and unflinching examination of the gritty, tender and impossible parts of people that make them unforgettably whole. You don’t read Samantha Mabry’s books so much as experience them. Ferocious and gorgeously crafted. I loved it.”
–Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie



THOUGHTS/REVIEW:

Samantha Mabry has quickly become one of my favorite authors as I loved this haunting atmospheric tale about sisterly love, and their struggles to protect each other as they discover themselves, that is weaved into this paranormal magical story.

The Torres sisters Ana, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa try to escape unsuccessfully from their miserable life in San Antonio, and from their despotic father. One evening, Ana the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. The year following Ana’s death, we see how the sisters mourn her death - each with their own way of handling the loss. All the while, mysterious ghostly and haunting events begin to consume their lives.

Mabry wrote in vivid and poetic prose, giving these sisters their own voice through their unique personalities. The characterization was well thought out and their stories so captivating.

The writing was gracefully executed through this dark and messy turbulence in the lives of these sisters after a violent death. I was so drawn to this distinctive style of writing by Mabry and read this book slowly not wanting it to end.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:


Samantha was born four days before the death of John Lennon. She grew up in Dallas, playing bass guitar along to vinyl records in her bedroom after school, writing fan letters to rock stars, doodling song lyrics into notebooks, and reading big, big books.

She spends as much time as possible in the west Texas desert.

A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON (Algonquin Young Readers, spring 2016) is her first novel.


3/29/20 POINT OF NO RETURN BY TANYA JEAN RUSSELL - HOSTED BY RACHEL'S RANDOM RESOURCES



Point of No Return
Jake Williams has been undercover as a captain at Great Britain Air for months and he's beyond frustrated. Tasked with finding the airline insiders who are smuggling chemical weapons into the country, he's getting nowhere fast.

Bree Phillips has spent her whole life wanting to travel and experience life outside of the small village she grew up in, but her family needed her. Now, years later than planned, she is finally joining her best friend to work for Great Britain Air, and her adventure is beginning.

Jake knows he is better off alone, it keeps him sharp and focused, but despite his efforts to keep Bree at a distance, she is drawn further and further into his world. Both have to ask themselves whether some risks are worth taking.


THOUGHTS/REVIEW:

I really enjoyed this wonderful suspense romance read about two characters I fell in love with almost immediately. This read had everything I needed, a slow burn romance with the excitement of the thrilling undercover suspense. I read this through a sitting and had my heart swooning for these two.

Jake Williams is reserved and aloof, ever so handsome undercover pilot for Great Britain Air with a mission to uncover potential insiders involved in smuggling chemical weapons. His pinpoint focus was distracted by the newest member of Great Britain Air, Bree Phillips. Her lively and fun personality caught Jake's attention. Bree is from a small town and her dreams of finally exploring the world and working with her best friend is finally coming true. With the jitters of a brand new flight attendant and wanting to impress, Bree time and time again makes those rookie mistakes only experience can help.

I loved how the characters were written with all their vulnerabilities that seem to me quite relatable. The other cast of characters were also fun to read about that adds to the fun read. I thought the book was well written and had great pacing that moved quickly with fun banters and great dialogue.

I recommend this book for a lovely read that is entertaining and fun.


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Author Bio – Tanya Jean lives in England with her award winning performer husband, Fisher Stevens, and their two teenage boys.
She has always loved (been obsessive about) books, and has an embarrassingly huge and ever growing pile of things that she just 'has' to read, next to her bed.
The Cabin Crew Series, Broken Trust & Point of No Return, allowed her to combine her love of writing with her experiences of working in the airline world.
She squeezes her writing (daydreaming...) around her family and her day job , and is convinced that chocolate & diet coke should be considered a well-balanced diet.
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

THE EDIFICE By R.K. Holliday

Print Length: 236 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1548692484
Publisher: R. K. Holliday Books (July 5, 2017)
Publication Date: July 5, 2017
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC


Connor Laurel was always small, normal, and routine. He lived in a tiny, tight neighborhood where nothing ever happened. This was his life until he found out he had a rare disease.

Connor wasn't just frightened, he was also getting taken away from his home by strange men. He soon finds out that these men, and the place they're taking him is anything but small, normal, and routine. Finding out who he really is, what he really has changes everything and raises the stakes. If Connor wants to find understanding, he has to be patient and learn everything he can from his new home. There's only one problem -- Connor isn't sick, he has an unseen, super power.

R. K. Holliday introduces an unforgettable boy who must learn to fight, learn to fly, and defy all he knows to uncover the truth.



THOUGHTS/REVIEW:


This is an enjoyable YA dystopian read from R.K. Holliday. It is about a 13 year old boy named Connor Laurel who had a “virus” called IMPETUS and in order to be treated, needed to be taken away from his home by “the greater coalition” to a location where he is joined with other children for treatment, scans and observations. The world seemed to be sometime in the future since there are hovering vehicles in this world. In this new place, a spacecraft called Eden is where he is told that he really does not have a virus but instead possess some supernatural abilities he is yet to discover.

I found that the book was well written especially the first half where the story was intriguing and really made me want to turn those pages. This is a great start for a YA series.

All in all, a nice enjoyable read.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:






R. K. Holliday is a Gamer, Photographer, Musician, Admin and Developer with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Information Systems.
He is passionate about working with children and youth and is also passionate about sharing his expertise, considering himself to be a successful online entrepreneur. In his younger years, he has spent countless summers working with children and youth.
Since he wanted to combine both of his passions, he decided to publish his works on the internet, and many of his books and work can be found online, including here!
Aside from having well rounded experience in the mental health field and technical field, R.K. Holliday is also an expert on video game culture and industry. He's  Mississippi native who currently lives in Winter Park, Florida. He is happily married to a beautiful, vibrant Nurse Practitioner and has a sneaky dachshund named Spencer.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

3/25/20 HFVBT BLOG TOUR - CONFESSIONS OF A SHEBA QUEEN BY AUTUMN BARDOT

Confessions of a Sheba Queen

by Autumn Bardot

Publication Date: March 10, 2019

Cleis Press

eBook & Paperback; 384 Pages

Genre: Historical/Erotica



With a host of unforgettable characters and unbridled sensual escapades, Confessions of a Sheba Queen is a triumphantly erotic retelling of an indomitable woman prevailing in a man’s world.

During a raging sandstorm along a riverbed in the ancient lands of Saba, a powerful jinni born of smokeless fire gives birth to a half-human daughter. Bilqis does not inherit her mother’s magical abilities, but the fire of her jinni blood does imbue her with other powerful gifts. As she undergoes her rites of womanhood and her insatiable sexual hunger is awakened, it becomes clear—this is the key to her “great destiny” prophesized at her birth. But it could also lead to her total undoing.

Bilqis comes to understand that her supernatural talents have the power to make men, and women, and nations prostrate themselves in utter devotion to her. When tragedy strikes, she leaves her home to seek revenge against the tyrannical god-king whose reign is a plague upon his land and people. Armed with only her body, courage, and wits, she quickly masters the art of seduction, all the while resisting the mind-consuming call to stay locked in an endless cycle of carnal passion.

Destiny soon intervenes, and what began as a quest for vengeance becomes a mission to heal the land of Saba from a twisted, corrupt regime and to see it become the wealthiest kingdom in all the land. Yet, it is only after meeting the already legendary and wildly attractive King Solomon that Bilqis discovers her greatest battle is not with others, but with herself.


THOUGHTS/REVIEW:


Autumn Bardot really has outdone herself in this amazing erotic historical fiction read. Her writing is brilliant, easy to read, and an amazing storyteller. This is not a genre I would normally gravitate to but she has done it with such creativity encompassing historical elements and characters we know about in this fictional work of art. So beautifully done though erotic, not vulgar or overdone.


The story is centered around Bilqis who is a gifted with special gifts passed down from her mother who is a jinn - with special powers, strength and abilities. Her mother brought in special teachers to ensure that Bilqis was well rounded in education that include world geography, mathematics and the knowledge and control of her sexuality in negotiations and dealing with people. Bilqis mother was murdered and Bilqis set out to avenge her mother's death. Using her gained education, strength as a woman, she was able to rise and avenge the death of her mother and became the Queen of Saba.


Under Bilqis rule, the kingdom prospered well and Bilqis set out to visit King Solomon to negotiate trade deals. There, a love story blossoms.


I truly enjoyed the brilliant writing by Autumn Bardot in this amazing page turner of a book. Amazing and highly recommend.











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About the Author 


Autumn Bardot writes historical fiction and historical erotica. Her debut historical fiction is THE IMPALER'S WIFE. Her debut historical erotica is LEGENDS OF LUST.



Autumn, a pen name, has worked as an educator for more than sixteen years. She teaches literature, writing, and the magic of words. She has a passion for history and a special affinity for the unsung courageous females that history has neglected. Or misunderstood. Autumn lives in Southern California with her husband and ever-growing family. She wishes she was one-tenth as brave as the women she writes about.

Historical Fiction

~ The Impaler's Wife

~ Dragon Lady

~ The Emperor's Assassin

Historical Erotica ( Cleis Press)

~ Legends of Lust, Erotic Myths from around the World

~ Confessions of a Sheba Queen

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Blog Tour Schedule


Tuesday, March 10

Review at Broken Teepee



Wednesday, March 11

Review at Books and Zebras



Thursday, March 12

Feature at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals



Friday, March 13

Review at @bookishbellee



Monday, March 16

Review at YA, It's Lit



Tuesday, March 17

Feature at Donna's Book Blog



Wednesday, March 18

Review at Gwendalyn's Books



Friday, March 20

Review at 100 Pages a Day



Monday, March 23

Feature at I'm All About Books



Wednesday, March 25

Review at Nursebookie



Thursday, March 26

Review at Jessica Belmont



Friday, March 27

Feature at Curling up by the Fire



Monday, March 30

Review at Historical Graffiti



Tuesday, March 31

Review at Passages to the Past



Wednesday, April 1

Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

PODCAST REVIEW: Supercharged Life by Dr. Judy Ho. @drjudyho @stage29podcast @suzyapbooktours #superchargedlife #blogtour




The action-packed podcast full of tips to improve your life.

Ready to grab life with both hands and live it to the fullest?

Join Dr. Judy on her SuperCharged Life where she dives deeply and fearlessly into guests’ issues in love, sex, friendships, work, career, bad habits, addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety.

Sometimes we get stuck in our old patterns. We want to change but we don't know how. Uncover what's holding you back and discover a new way to take on life, inspire love, and create happiness and fulfillment.

Dr. Judy is passionate about helping you become the Superhero in your own life. Each podcast episode offers a tangible, scientific tool you can use to SuperCharge your life.


Subscribe, download, and listen to SuperCharged Life on Apple Podcast



Supercharge your earbuds as Dr. Judy extracts actionable tips from leading experts who share valuable lessons they've learned on their unique journeys.

If you have a minute, Dr. Judy would really appreciate a quick rating and review. It only takes a second and really helps to get the word out about this program!


Today, March 24, 2020 is the premiere episode of Supercharged Life!

Professional Poker Player and TV personality Maria Ho (@Maria_Ho) is one of the top-ranked female poker players in the world and a television host/commentator.




Hear how a keg of beer launched Maria’s Hall of Fame gambling career and how, as a woman, she had to fight for a seat at the table, literally. Score secrets on how to outsmart your opponents in the game of poker and the game of life! Plus, discover how moving to the U.S. sparked drive and determination in Dr. Judy, why her sister calls her a “goodie goodie” and why these two sisters went to therapy to save their relationship.

In this episode, we discuss:
1.  How Maria bribed her way into learning poker (3:29)
2.  Life lessons that we learned from our parents and advice for the next generation (8:45)
3.  Different ways to use psychology in career and life (12:22)
4.  How Judy and Maria are profoundly different (18:10)
5.  How therapy helped Judy and Maria get to the next level in their relationship (25:45)
6.  Why Dr. Judy wanted to become a psychologist (29:30)
7.  Maria’s Top Poker Secrets (31:31)
8.  Maria’s American Idol Journey (37:56)
9.  Tips for “Doing it Scared: (40:20)
10. “Would You Rather” with Dr. Judy and Maria (47:47)
11. Supercharged Tip of The Day (53:51)

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THOUGHTS/REVIEW:


As a healthcare professional, I just love Dr. Judy and her message, her kindness and compassion that really jumped out during the podcast. As Dr. Judy says, this podcast A SUPERCHARGED LIFE is a way to refocus and have a respite from all this craziness which is becoming our new normal. As we stay home and adjust to our current situation, this podcast came at the right time and at the right moment. I was so highly entertained by this podcast and Dr. Judy's first guest is so perfect!!!


Maria Ho is amazing and a really strong woman who is the epitome of living a SUPERCHARGED LIFE. Maria is positive, energetic, not afraid to take risks - duh she is a professional poker player - LOL!!


I enjoyed that the sisters made the podcast relatable as they talked about "being real" as perfect as I see these two, they shared their struggles, their failures and their trying times being immigrants as a young age from Taiwan. I have enjoyed the tips and the overall message of positivity that I needed during this trying times.


Thank you Dr. Judy for what you do and everyone needs to subscribe and listen to this as a dose and infusion of happiness in this trying times.


ABOUT DR JUDY

Judy Ho, Ph. D., ABPP, ABPdN, CFMHE


Dr. Judy is a triple board certified and licensed Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist, a tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, and published author, most recently penning Stop Self-Sabotage, published by HarperCollins; a book detailing a scientifically driven six-step program which has been translated into 7 additional languages around the world. Dr. Judy maintains a private practice in Manhattan Beach, CA where she specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological assessments and expert witness work.

Dr. Judy regularly appears as an expert psychologist on television, podcasts, radio, and contributes to other media including print and electronic periodicals including Psychology Today. She is a co-host on the Emmy Award winning syndicated daytime television talk show The Doctors, and co-host of CBS’s Face the Truth. A complete listing of her TV appearances can be found here. Her podcast, Supercharged Life, produced by Stage 29 Productions, gives listeners tangible, scientific tools so that everyone can "supercharge" their lives.

Dr. Judy Ho is an avid researcher and is a two-time recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health Services Research Award. She hosts an active research program to improve mental health care for high-need populations, publishes regularly in scientific journals and textbooks, and is the chair of the Institutional Review Board at Pepperdine University. Her treatment approaches integrate the scientific principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She often speaks at national and local events including research, clinical, and corporate conferences and workshops for organizations and schools.