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#BookSpotlight Falling Through The Ceiling by Audrey and Larry Jones

Audrey Robinson Jones left Kansas to attend Wellesley College, graduating in 1972 with her degree in anthropology/sociology, planning to be a social worker. Instead, she worked in healthcare administration for almost 30 years with her husband, including running his multi-office pediatric practice for 24 years. She also earned master’s degrees in healthcare administration and business.

She became managing partner of an airport concessions company and purchased two business franchises with her sons. At the same time, she and her husband built a loving home with three sons. As life unfolded, her sons and husband were diagnosed with ADHD. Managing businesses and four ADHD males took its toll on her health.

In 2008, Audrey was stricken with an almost fatal autoimmune disease. Recovering and retired, Audrey remains a vital force, including participating with Larry in several international health missions trips. At home, she continues to lead a local food pantry, something she’s done for over fifteen years, in addition to family advocacy activities.

Larry Albert Jones, MD, grew up in the 1950s with an overprotective mother and grandmother in a poor section of Memphis, Tenn. His childhood was greatly impacted by the village of educators and church folks who recognized his intellect. That village launched Larry to Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he lost his mother to cancer before his 20th birthday, but his path was set. He began to notice how much time he required to maintain his college GPA as he prepared for medical school. Keeping his eye on the prize, he persevered, never considering that he would later be diagnosed with ADHD.

For at least 20 years of his career as a pediatrician and parent, he did not link his children’s symptoms and signs of ADHD to himself. While being an effective and popular clinician, he lived in denial about his own diagnosis. Larry is currently a departmental medical director for the SSM Healthcare System. With treatment and counseling, Larry is pursuing community projects, including facilitating a STEM program with elementary school students in Ferguson, MO.

The memoir of Audrey and Larry Jones and their three sons demystifies ADHD in childhood and beyond.

A blend of love, humor and real-life irony, Falling Through the Ceiling makes sense of the nonsensical, shedding light on the challenges of living with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). These stories offer the real-deal reality of living with a house full of ADHD, including the ups, downs and chaos of what happened and the consequences of such. The authors, a married couple of 45 years, offer experience, practical insight and what they learned from counselors, research and their own mistakes to assist people coping with children and adults who are affected by ADHD.

Sharing their personal life challenges with the effects of ADHD, this is a real, sometimes painful, story written to help families recognize and navigate to controlling chaos and unlocking the gifts of ADHD in their children and themselves.

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#BookTour The Post by Kevin A. Munoz

The Post
by Kevin A. Munoz
Genre: Dystopian Thriller
Ten years after the world’s oil went sour and a pandemic killed most of
the population, Sam Edison is the chief of police of The Little Five,
a walled-in community near Atlanta, Georgia. Those who survived share
the world with what are known as hollow-heads: creatures who are no
longer fully human.
A man and a pregnant teenager arrive at the gate and are welcomed into
the town. They begin to settle in when suddenly both are murdered by
an unknown assailant. In the course of investigation, Chief Edison
discovers that the girl was fleeing a life of sexual slavery, and
that some members of the Atlanta community were complicit in the
human trafficking network that had ensnared her.
In retaliation for Edison’s discoveries, agents of the network abduct
the stepdaughter of the town’s mayor. Chief Edison and three
companions track the kidnappers to Athens, Georgia, where they
discover that the entire city is engaged in human trafficking. By the
time Edison has recovered the kidnapped girl, the other three
rescuers have been killed, leaving Edison alone to bring the mayor’s
stepdaughter home while evading both human and non-human monsters.
Against such great odds, will Sam ever make it to Little Five alive?
Kevin Muñoz grew up just outside of Philadelphia. After wandering across
the country for a few years, he received a PhD from Emory University
in 2008. A little later, he decided to leave the academic life behind
to pursue his first passion: writing. He has lived in seven U.S.
states over the years, observing and adopting each new place as
settings and inspiration for his fiction. He spent fifteen years in
Georgia, where the seeds of THE POST were planted. He now lives near
Seattle with his two beagle traveling companions.
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#BookTour #Book Review: Delusions by Amy Crandall

Delusions
by Amy Crandall
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller
As she waits to give her statement in one of the interrogation rooms of
Arcata Police Department, Abigale recites the same line over and over
inside her head.
I did not kill anyone.
I did not kill anyone.
But there’s a trail of bodies, and it leads straight to her. The events
that brought her to this very moment all point to one thing…her guilt.
She must convince Detective Collins of her innocence, but how can she
explain her ties to the victims, and the evidence that has her name
written all over it?
Then there’s the mysterious Facebook profile. DarkHeart434.
Who is DarkHeart434? And why does it seem like this person has all the
answers, including the identity of the real murderer?
As pieces of the puzzle start to come together, everything about
Abigale’s life begins to unravel—her past, her present…and even
her self-proclaimed innocence.
4 Stars= Great Page Turner
Delusions’ synopsis and cover intrigued me and made me want to read the book. It is a psychological Thriller told by Abigale, who is being accused of murdering one of her friends.
The book goes back and forth from Abigale’s interrogation and flashbacks, so you’re reading everything that leads up to how she ends up in the interrogation room. I believe this was a genius thing the author did. The whole time I was reading I believed Abigale was guilty. The twist and reveal were done at the right moment and the author does a wonderful job getting you interested in the secondary characters. However, I was mainly interested in finding out if Abigale was guilty or being set up.
Overall this was a great thriller. It kept my attention, had me invested in the characters and anticipating what would happened next. There was some repetitive sections with Abigale and her friends, but it didn’t take away from the plot of the book. I recommend Delusions to those who love suspense and psychological thrillers.
*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.
Amy Crandall is an avid reader and novelist born and raised in British
Columbia, Canada. She began writing in elementary school, publishing
her first story on Wattpad.com at the age of thirteen. With the
support of her loved ones and newfound friends on the site, Amy
continued to share her thoughts and interests in the form of storytelling.
Before her Wattpad.com days, she was published in A Celebration of Poets –
Summer 2012 (Creative Communication, 2012) for her poem My Garden.
That experience only drove her desire to further pursue writing. Her
first full-length novel, “Delusions”, was a featured story
on Wattpad.com, reaching #7 in the mystery/thriller genre, and
surpassing 115,000 reads, before its publishing.
When she isn’t envisioning a new story plot, Amy can be found camping with
loved ones, getting lost in a great read, jamming to her favourite
tunes, or giving in to her craving of Timmies’ iced lemonades.
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#Booktour The Allegiance Series by Erin McDermott

Captive Rebel
The Allegiance Book 1
by Erin McDermott
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
In a world where Greek Gods rule over the Allegiance, Marylyn O’Conner
struggles to survive.
Marylyn is a rebel, forced to do the rebellion’s bidding until an
unforgiving family debt is paid. A pawn in the war against the
Allegiance, she is obligated to become a rebel spy, or her family
will suffer.
When word spreads that an Allegiant Prince, Ariston, has escaped rebel
captivity vowing to hunt down rebel spies, Marylyn realizes her only
hope is to escape Allegiant territory.
While on the run, Ariston captures Marylyn, preventing her from any chance
of returning home. Desperate, she knows she needs to escape her
alluring captor or risk the safety of her family.
But Marylyn can’t keep herself from falling for the mysterious prince
as she finds that he can empathize with her troublesome past – a past
no ally has understood before.
Immortal Rebel
The Allegiance Book 2
He is scarred by betrayal, she lives by deceiving others…
Betrayed, rebel Michael O’Conner blames himself for the Allegiance laying
waste to the rebel town Pyke. After Pyke’s destruction, a curse of
immortality was placed on him by the three Furies. Ashamed, he vowed
to live a disconnected life, undisturbed by anything occurring
outside his seclusion.
Phoibe is an Allegiant bounty hunter, circumstances forcing her to collect
bounties or lose her only home. When she is tasked with capturing a
girl named Marylyn O’Conner, for a promising reward, Phoibe agrees.
To aid in her mission, she creates an alliance with the isolated
immortal, Michael O’Conner.
After learning his sister has been taken captive by an Allegiant Prince,
Michael O’Conner realizes he can no longer hide from the world. He
agrees to join Phoibe and save his sister, completely unaware of her
ulterior motives.
Phoibe knows she needs to keep everything a secret from the handsome
immortal, or risk losing her only home. Phoibe only hopes she can
handle the heartache that will come with betraying a man who has
already experienced so much betrayal in his past.
Forgotten Rebel
The Allegiance Book 3
She will do anything to save him, even risk her only chance to return home…
Fanny is an exiled princess of the Allegiance, a faction favored by the
Greek Gods. She was exiled for loving a rebel, but now he has gone
missing. She will do anything to find him – even place her trust in
the mysterious yet enticing stranger, Adonis.
He promises Fanny he knows where the rebel, Charles, has been taken, but
refuses to explain how he knows. Seeing that he is her only hope, she
follows him on a journey to the Allegiant capital, hoping Charles is
still alive.
The only catch? Adonis does not know Fanny is exiled. She needs to feign
Allegiant royalty if she wants his help. Desperate, that is exactly
what she does.
Erin McDermott was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated college
with a bachelors degree in History. If she’s not in her room writing,
you may find somewhere on the Jersey Shore with her family. She has
been writing stories since 3rd grade. It was not until after
experiencing the fast-paced life New York City had to offer that she
decided to finally take the plunge and finish her first book, CAPTIVE
REBEL (The Allegiance, Book 1).
During her years in college she expressed a deep interest in Greek
Mythology, which she incorporates into The Allegiance Series. She is
incredibly grateful to her family for supporting her throughout the
trials and tribulations of the independent publishing process.
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