Monday, July 29, 2013

Five Star Book Review for Girls Succeed

Inspiring and empowering girls to achieve the careers of their dreams.

Really excited to receive such a glowing review of Girls Succeed. I especially smile when I read " highly recommended." Take a peek.

5.0 out of 5 stars Read, Learn, Be Inspired and Go for It! July 8, 2013
By Sarah M
Format:Kindle Edition

One of the most oft repeated advice of personal coaches, and I believe it to be excellent advice, is for one to surround oneself with individuals who radiate positive energy and a can do attitude; the kind of people who attain their sought after goals and who by doing so encourage and inspire others to pursue their passions and their dreams. In "Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women", J. Q. Rose facilitates an introduction to fifteen incredible women whose stories and achievements in a myriad of fields that include horse training, medicine, writing, athleticism, entrepreneurship, to name a few, are inspirational and motivating. If you are a young girl (or not so young) dreaming about a career in field you are passionate about and if you seek to infuse your life with an optimistic proactive vitality, add the ladies of J.Q. Rose's book to your circle of friends. A highly recommended well worth investment for girls and women of any age.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Trailblazer: Alice Ramsey First Woman to Drive Across the USA 1909

Are you taking a road trip this summer? Traveling the Interstates and the highways that crisscross America? Imagine trying to drive across the United States in 1909 when there was only 152 miles of paved roads and in other places only muddy two tracks or Indian trails to lead you across the rugged country.

Alice's account of her journey across America in 1909.

Twenty-one year old Alice Ramsey was the trailblazing woman who set out from New York City and traveled over 3800 miles arriving in San Francisco, California worn out but exhilarated by her accomplishment which opened opportunities to women who wanted to drive cars and travel. She and her three female friends completed the sometimes muddy, sometimes dusty "road trip" in forty one days. They were plagued by flat tires, break downs, wrong directions, and more but they also celebrated milestones along the way.

Take a peek at this video about Alice's trip and Emily Andersen who re-enacted Alice's journey on the 100th anniversary of the ride which began June 9, 1909.

How would you like to take a road trip like this? No air conditioning, DVD player or even a radio, no fast food restaurants or even restaurants to stop for meals, and no gas stations or rest areas to stop for, well you know what I mean! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Malala Yousafzai Speaks to the World

Malala Yousafzai is an extraordinary 16-year-old girl who has changed the world. This is a true story of a girl from Pakistan who stood up to fierce terrorists, the Taliban, who shot her in the head and neck to silence her. She fought back determined to live and carry her message of education for girls and rights for women to the world. The Taliban, a group of extremists, use force to get their way. They do not want women to have any rights and freedom. Malala changed that.

Because of her brave act of resistance to the Taliban, according to, girls in her community have been emboldened to continue their education. Instead of shutting up Malala, she is now speaking up against the repression of women and appealing to the world's nations to educate the girls in their countries. In fact, Malala spoke to those nations at the United Nations today on her 16th birthday.

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In her speech to the countries of the world gathered at the United Nations in New York City, she said "Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons," Malala urged. "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first."

Malala is a beacon to all girls and to all women to follow her lead to demand schooling for girls and the rights for every woman in the world.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Book Review: Author Lisa Orchard's The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer

I love the eye-catching book cover for Lisa Orchard's The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer. It certainly portrays the mystery and danger in the story. My review follows the synopsis.

Get in on the discussion at Lisa Orchard's blog today on how each of us are unique.

  The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying.

REVIEW:  Lisa Orchard's tale of murder in a small town is a romp through the minds and relationships of three girls who take on the task of discovering the murderer. Why, you ask, would teens want to find a killer? Because a policeman wants to "pin the murder" on the girls and they learn more about the dead woman who has lost a child. Orchard lays out the details in a an easy to read style and paces the book so the reader can discover clues and absorb the story as it develops. I enjoyed the easy banter between the girls and watching how their friendship becomes stronger throughout the scenes. I wonder if you will be able to figure out the murderer before the end of the book!


The good news is there is a sequel to this book, and at this writing the e-books are priced at only 99 cents! Take a peek at the next mystery involving the Super Spies.

The Super Spies and the High School Bomber

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth!

Wishing you all a fantastic Fourth of July!

Be safe and don't eat too many hot dogs!!