Migraine Relief Plan by Stephanie Weaver #Guestpost #BirthdayBlitz

Synopsis

The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health

In The Migraine Relief Plan, certified health and wellness coach Stephanie Weaver outlines a new, step-by-step lifestyle approach to reducing migraine frequency and severity.

Using the latest research, her own migraine diagnosis, and extensive testing, Weaver has designed an accessible plan to help those living with migraine, headaches, or Meniere’s disease. Over the course of eight weeks, the plan gradually transitions readers into a healthier lifestyle, including key behaviors such as regular sleep, trigger-free eating, gentle exercise, and relaxation techniques. The book also collects resources—shopping lists, meal plans, symptom tracking charts, and kitchen-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—to provide readers with the tools they need to be successful.

The Migraine Relief Plan encourages readers to eat within the guidelines while still helping them follow personal dietary choices, like vegan or Paleo, and navigate challenges, such as parties, work, and travel. A must-have resource for anyone who lives with head pain, this book will inspire you to rethink your attitude toward health and wellness.

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Here’s a very delicious recipe from The Migraine Relief Plan

PASTA WITH VODKA CHICKPEA SAUCE

 

Makes 8 servings

Prep time: 10–15 minutes   

Cooking time: 25 minutes   

Passive time: N/A

Budget friendly: Very

Per serving: 20g protein, 79g carbohydrates, 10g fat, 3g saturated fat, 33mg sodium, 651mg potassium, 9g fiber

 

The original recipe, sans vodka, came from my roommate Colleen years ago, who regularly cooked out of Jane Brody’s Good Food Book. I’ve adapted it over the years, adding vodka to this version and replacing the regular onion with shallots. The chickpeas create a creamy sauce for pasta even without dairy, and the rosemary adds an herbal, Tuscan note to the sauce.

 

2 (15-ounce [425-g]) cans no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed, divided

2 large shallots

2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive or coconut oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 (16-ounce [450-g]) no-salt-added chopped tomatoes

½ cup (125mL) vodka

½ cup (125mL) filtered water

1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary, or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary

1 cup (250mL) cream, half-and-half, or coconut milk

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

1 clove garlic, smashed

16 ounces (450g) gluten-free pasta, preferably spaghetti

Organic extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

1 sprig fresh rosemary, for garnish (optional)

 

1. In a blender or food processor, purée 1 can of the chickpeas with enough filtered water to make a smooth, pourable purée. Slice shallots in half, then thinly slice. Set the chickpea purée and the shallots aside.

 

2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat until it shimmers. Add the shallots and sauté for 5 minutes, then add the minced garlic. Continue sautéing just until the garlic begins to brown.

 

3. Add the tomatoes and their liquid, vodka, filtered water, rosemary, chickpea purée, and remaining can of chickpeas to the saucepan. Cook, stirring often, for about 15 minutes or until the mixture has thickened. Add the cream and black pepper and heat through. Leave on low until ready to serve.

 

4. While the sauce is cooking, set a large pot of filtered water over high heat and add the smashed garlic. When the water comes to a rolling boil, add the pasta. (I add a splash of olive oil when cooking gluten-free pasta, which makes it less starchy.)

 

5. Before draining the pasta, reserve ½ cup of pasta water. Add ¼ cup of the pasta water to the sauce and stir. Add more if it is still too thick to be a pourable sauce.

 

6. Drain the pasta when it is al dente, rinsing briefly with cool water. Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss. This greatly improves the texture of gluten-free pasta.

 

7. Toss the hot cooked pasta with the sauce in the saucepan. Garnish with the sprig of fresh rosemary, if using, a drizzle of the olive oil, and additional black pepper.

 

COOKS’ NOTE: If you’d like to use this recipe with dried chickpeas, start with 10 ounces (285g) of dried chickpeas, and use the cooking instructions [for the Provençal Chickpea Salad]. Vodka is one of the two alcoholic beverages (along with white wine) that’s allowed in small quantities on the Plan. Most of the alcohol will cook off in this preparation, leaving the subtle vodka flavoring. For a grain-free option, serve the sauce over zucchini ribbons or cooked spaghetti squash strands.

 Reprinted with permission from The Migraine Relief Plan by Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, Agate Surrey, 2017

All About Stephanie

Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, is an author, blogger, and certified wellness and health coach. Her recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Parade, and more. She lives in San Diego, CA. 

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Thread Of Hope by Rachel J Bonner #CoverReveal #BlogTour

I’d like to thank Rachel J Bonner and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this exciting cover reveal.

Drum roll please…

How beautiful is this cover!

Synopsis

Honesty is the best policy. Isn’t it?

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

 

Prospero is prepared to tell Leonie most of his past – if he can find her – but one of his secrets could send her running again. Another could destroy any future they might have. And one could kill her. Dare he risk it?

 

Leonie is terrified of the consequences of sharing any of her past with anyone. But not even Leonie knows the secrets that her very existence contains.

 

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie and they could tear the world apart. Who does he turn to, and who should he share them with? If he tells the wrong personhe could seal not just Leonie’s death warrant but those of millions more.

 

And no one has told Leonie the mystery of her necklace. When she discovers that, will she sacrifice everything and risk all that Gabriel has been working for?

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In addition, book 1 Strand of Faith is on special offer for a limited time at 99p for the ebook, 

 

A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice. When the choice is between life and love, who can possibly decide? And who can be trusted for advice?

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All About Rachel

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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My Perfect Brother In Law by Cristina Hodgson #Review

Synopsis

Where rom-com meets reality…

Online dating by proxy. No one would know, right?

Zara isn’t looking for love. She already has that covered—Nigel is her perfect husband. All she needs to do now is find the perfect man for her twin sister Emmy, too. To protect her sister (and surprise her), Zara throws herself into online dating with gusto.

Shawn Taylor, undercover detective, returns home on a private assignment. It is the perfect chance to see Zara again and explain why he’d left so suddenly twenty years ago. Ultimately, he is here to protect her. His brief says she is in serious danger.

But something doesn’t add up. Why is Zara going out with scores of men when hubby is out of town? What kind of twisted game is she playing?

And why, when the castle of cards collapses in a messy heap, is she standing, wielding a whip, over a villain with an erection the size of the Eiffel Tower and his hands tied behind his back?

Pick up this hilarious rom-com to find out.

My Review

I’d like to thank Cristina for providing me with a copy of My Perfect Brother In Law to review.

I’ve been a fan of Cristina’s since I read the first installment of The Chantelle Rose series.

My Perfect Brother In Law is a stand alone book and is written in Cristina’s clever and very witty style. Don’t be fooled that this is a fluffy read, yes there is romance but there is so much more.

Zara is looking for love for her twin sister Emmy. Emmy is oblivious to her sisters quest, still recovering from the death of her husband Emmy isn’t sure she’s ready to embark on romance.

Zara has other ideas, her and Emmy often swapped persona’s when they were young so why not now? After all she’s only going to meet the perspective new brother in laws once on a first date to check them out. Then once she’s chosen ‘the one’ she’ll hand the reins to Emmy.

But then a face from the past appears. Shawn was the love of Zara’s life until he did a disappearing act for no apparent reason. Zara hasn’t seen him since that day.

As the story unfolds you discover that Shawn has been hired by someone to uncover the truth about Zara’s husband Nigel, all is not what it seems!

There are some real laugh out loud moments in My Perfect Brother In Law, in true Cristina style. The scene where Zara misunderstands the meaning of bdsm is hilarious, and had me trying to stifle my laughs in a very public and quiet doctors surgery which resulted in many strange glances! I also adored Zara’s payback when she finds the truth out about her husband…classic gold karma!

My Perfect Brother In Law has the perfect mix of love, mystery and laughter. This needs to be on everyone’s ‘TBR’ pile.

A 5* review from me!

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All About Cristina

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science.
A Little of Chantelle Rose is her debut novel. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!
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The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May #Review #Blogtour #Giveaway #BirthdayBlitz

Synopsis

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one.

My Review

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Isabella May for inviting me onto this fab birthday blitz blog tour.

I’ve been a fan of Isabella since I found Oh What A Pavlova! There’s always the fear when you’ve enjoyed a previous book by an author you love, that the next one may not quite hit the spot! For me The Cocktail Bar is my favourite so far.

The Cocktail Bar is a total escape from reality, I adore Glastonbury and all the magic and spiritualism that goes with it. Isabella incorporates this into the story wonderfully.

River is a divine character, an ex rock star with a heart and a big heart at that. Before returning to his beloved home town he acquires a bottle of magic elixir with the promise it will change the life of three people.

The Cocktail bar is his dream, after leaving the rock band Avalonia. The Glastonbury locals are none too pleased when River sets up his bar in the town, especially Blake an old school friend with a score to settle.

Quite quickly we are introduced to Georgina, Blake’s sister who makes it her mission to seduce River and launch ‘operation payback’

Georgina really got under my skin, I despised her by the end, the last chapter was pure karma, I loved it!

Alice is another member of Avalonia and the love of River’s life. The relationship between the two was lovely to follow and full of ups and downs.

There are fantastic supporting characters throughout The Cocktail Bar that jump out of the pages and bring the book to life.

I adored the mystical, magical aspect of the book. The Cocktail bar had so many wonderful elements. Love, romance, mystery and laughs!

I can’t recommend this book enough, I read it over a weekend while I was poorly and wrapped in a blanket on the sofa. It was the perfect remedy and whisked me away from reality to a gorgeous fictional world. It also reminded me of how much I love the magic of Glastonbury.

I’m going to finish with the last paragraph, because it just struck a chord with me and stayed in my head long after i’d read the last page.

When we want something so badly that we’re scared it might consume our very soul, and then we surrender to that soul’s dark night; when we get out of our own way and stay there just a little while, finally, one morning we rise to see that the universe had our back all along, the dark clouds have parted, the sun is shining, and we have arrived at that perfect place.

A 5* review from me ❤️

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All About Isabella

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.

Cake, cocktail, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s ‘rules’

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Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell #Blogtour #Review #Bloodhoundbooks

Synopsis

Book Blurb:

Home Is Where The Nightmare Is

 

Beautiful double room to let to single person

 

Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insist this man didn’t exist and that Lisa is their first tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself. 

 

Compelled to undercover the secrets of the man who lived in the room before her, Lisa is alarmed when increasingly disturbing incidents start to happen. Someone doesn’t want Lisa to find out the truth. 

 

As the four walls of this house and its secrets begin to close in on Lisa, she descends into a hellish hall of mirrors where she’s not sure what’s real and what’s not as she claws her way towards the truth…

 

Did this room already claim one victim?

Is it about to take another?

 My Review

I’d like to thank Dreda Say Mitchell, Emma Welton & Bloodhound Books for inviting on to this blog your.

WOW, is what I’d firstly like to say about spare room. If you like a book that…

Chills you to the bone✅

Makes hours seem like minutes ✅

Keeps your mind whirring to how it’s all going to end✅

Stays in your head for days after✅

Then bingo, this is the book for you! The characters are real and not fluffy, Lisa is portrayed warts and all with no frills regarding her mental health. ’Watching’ Lisa slowly unravel and lose the plot was heart wrenching, but so essential to the impact of the story.

Throughout the whole book my mind was madly trying to fathom out how this was going to end, I really didn’t anticipate the end at all, for me that is the sign of a true winner.

Martha and Jack, the couple whos house Lisa moves into are depicted beautifully. Dreda has a very clever way of writing that makes you totally make the wrong judgement about them, and a lot of the characters. All is definitely not what it seems.

Spare room is a book that needs to be on everybody’s ’to be read’ list, an absolute 5* review from me!

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All About Dreda

Dreda Say Mitchell is an award-winning, bestselling crime writer, broadcaster, campaigner, and journalist. Since her sixth book she has been co-writing with Tony Mason. She is the author of eleven novels, with her debut awarded The CWA’s John Creasey Dagger. She has been a frequent guest on television and radio including Question Time, BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, The Stephen Nolan Show, Front Row and Woman’s Hour and numerous others. She has presented Radio 4’s Open Book. Dreda was named one of Britain’s 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek in association with Nokia. She was the 2011 chair of the Harrogate Crime Fiction Festival. Dreda and Tony’s work is currently in development for TV. She was born and raised in the East End of London where she continues to live.

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Whisper To Me by Sherrie Lowe #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

A new wife and a vengeful ghost. Not a good mix.

Letitia – Tish – Stanyer makes husband Theo promise never to remarry if she dies and he complies just to pacify her. She isn’t going to die.

She does – and he does remarry. Tish isn’t happy. Her spirit cannot rest with another woman in her domain, sampling the delights of her husband. Theo belongs to her – Sheena will have to go.

My Review

I’d like to thank Rachels random resources and Sherrie Lowe for inviting me onto this wonderful blog tour.

Whisper to me is almost like two books in one and this really worked, a dual personality in one book!

The story opens as Theo and Tish drive home after a celebratory meal for their 14th wedding anniversary. The weather is dark and stormy, the perfect atmosphere for when Tish delivers her psychotic feelings regarding her views on Theo remarrying if she were to die before him.

Fast forward 10 years and Tish has died a totally unexpected death. Theo has just remarried Sheena, the polar opposite of Tish.

Married life is not as blissful as Sheena wished for, it’s obvious that Tish has kept her views on Theo remarrying even in the afterlife. There is a slight darkness to this side of Whisper to me but its very gripping and definitely had me hooked.

In contrast Whisper to me also tells the story of Theo and Tish’s daughter Saskia. You follow the gorgeous love story as it unfolds between Saskia and Richie.

The two stories running alongside each other make it feel like a good psychological movie, where you are lulled into a false sense of security and then BAM!

Whisper to me was a real treat to read. The last page leaves you with no doubt in your mind that Tish is willing to keep Theo as her own to the bitter end!

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All About Sherrie

  I am a divorced mum of two adult sons and nana to three grandchildren, soon to be four. I’ve always had a notion to write but didn’t get round to it seriously until I became ill with M.E in 1995 when I was 40 and was too ill to continue my job as a learning support assistant in a mainstream high school. I was devastated to have to resign from my job but writing saved my sanity. My first attempt was a memoir, Shadow Across the Sun which covered the loss of my mum to breast cancer two days before my 13th birthday. When the rejections began to flow in from traditional publishers and agencies I joined a creative writing class and learned to write fiction. Whisper to Me is my 10th novel. I have a strong belief in the afterlife due to events following my mum’s death so most of my stories have some form of supernatural aspect to them.

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The Healer by Sharon Thompson #Review Blogtour

Synopsis

How do you escape a life of conflict and abuse?

Being a young girl in 1940’s Ireland isn’t easy for Molly, especially since she isn’t like others. Her family and community are wary of the beautiful child. 

As Molly becomes a teenager life gets harder and she loses faith in everything. 

Molly is surrounded in danger. She must make choices. But will she chose the right path or is she doomed to a life of misery? Will she survive in a world of violence and crime? Will The Healer ever be healed?

My Review

The Healer, well where do I start! Everything about this book is just perfect. The characters jump out of the pages at you whilst pulling you in and not letting you go!

I cried at parts of the story and felt angry with the injustice of the life that Molly was dealt.

Molly is a character that you can picture in you mind. She’s strong, vulnerable and brave all rolled into one. She definitely stays in your head long after you finish.

Molly is a healer she sees angels, this makes her strange to some, intriguing to others. She is treated horrendously by her mother who thinks she’s a burden and abused by her father.

Her life is full of twists and turns which I felt I lived with her. Just when you feel Molly’s life was on the up one of life’s blows hits her again and you feel like you want to fight the fight with her.

I can not recommend The Healer enough. Sharon is an author I’m so glad I’ve discovered.

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All About Sharon

Author of number one bestseller, The Abandoned, Sharon Thompson is the founder of the successful Indulgeinwriting.com. A guide and mentor, Sharon has seen members of this indulgeinwriting.com group progress to agent representation and publication, and organises regular online events from industry professionals and experts for those members. Sharon co-founded #Writerswise a trending Tweet-chat featuring published guest-hosts. Her monthly Indulgeinbooks features a list of Irish book releases and she contributes to Indulgeme.ie, Self-starter.ie and Donegalwoman.ie. Sharon also writes for leading website Writing.ie and has published short stories, had plays long listed, all while completing her much anticipated second novel, The Healer.

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