#BookReview – America Under Mind Control by Jamell Crouthers

The blurb reads,

“What happens when society takes control of your mind and how you think? This book speaks on all of the issues going on in today’s society and how the rich, wealthy and elite do everything in their power to keep the American people under mind control. There are different tactics and ways they use to make sure we as a people don’t strive for greatness in life.

It starts from when you’re a child in the education system and how we’re taught to be obedient and to respect authority all the way into Corporate America. Our minds are programmed on a daily basis and whether we realize it or not, we don’t take the time to see the bigger picture of how the world is run.

From the music we listen to, to the television we watch, the politics they control and infiltrate, this book deals head on with how we the American people are controlled by so many messages on a daily basis. It’s a book that speaks truth into how this country and the world is in shambles and how we need to come together as a nation and as a people and do better.”


I have been working with Jamell to promote his book and had the chance to read this gem and boy, IT WAS HARD HITTING!

You know, this book is like holding a mirror to our life. There are so many things wrong with our life at this moment. The world is so obsessed with greed, money, earning and then living a comfortable life, that they don’t care about the people they crush in the process. A multinational may not give a second thought about the farmer that killed himself because of their arm flexing. Or another one may not care about destroying a consumer’s life while pushing credit cards on them, and ruthlessly collecting afterwards.

The point I am trying to make is, there are so many subtle markers around us, which point out to this irony, which try to protect us from it and yet we fall into its trap. Take for example, the advertising world. Or the beauty industry. It’s an industry that thrives on our low self esteem. If we were happy with ourselves, would we buy their products? If we were happy with our clothes, would we make them rich by spending money we could otherwise have invested? NO!

The book is filled with stories or poems like that which are literally so true about the American society today. I live in India but because for us, mentally, a lifestyle followed by people in America is idolised and thought of as the right lifestyle here. I can literally see it. People buying products to fit in, or just because someone endorsed it. Or buying product after product simply because of the push advertising. Or the fact that their behaviour is so influenced by how things are put. Or how opinions are controlled because of how things are reported.

The world is not black and white and in this bucket of grey monotone, it is worth noting that we need to look into the mirror. We don’t need fast fashion. We don’t need a television. We don’t need a credit card or anything that someone else tells us is necessary. Is our mind subtly being controlled by corporations who want nothing more than our dollars? This is the whole crux of the book and it is something that is worth thinking about very deeply.

In a world where humans are reduced simply to their worth in money, it is worth thinking where we are spending that currency which determines our value. Perhaps if we introspected a little and supported our own opinions as compared to something that the so called society seems to thrust on us, we will be better people and will  be able to make the world a better place.

And I don’t mean this for a utopian world. Our habits or what we do simply out of impulse needs to be checked. You never know who is behind the strings controlling this behaviour.

This is an excellent excellent read! The words are hard hitting and a poem or two into the book, you realise that this is reality. And it isn’t a pleasant one.

5 full stars from Books, Food and ME!


Blurb Reveal- Venice in Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna

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“A story of vengeance, forgiveness and love…

After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family’s villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin—a father she hasn’t spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father’s last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead—and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta risks her future happiness and her life to avenge the death of a man she once hated.

Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel takes you back to the days of Carnival and Casanova, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal.”

Book link to Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17255938-venice-in-the-moonlight
Author Bio – Elizabeth McKenna

Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She had always wanted to write fiction, so when a psychic told her she would write a book, she felt obligated to give it a try. She combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel Cera’s Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website http://elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.


Buy Links
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3754078
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FMGW38E
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/venice-in-the-moonlight-elizabeth-mckenna/1117040179?ean=2940148618577

Connect with Elizabeth McKenna
Author’s Website: http://elizabethmckenna.com/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElizaMcKenna

You can also participate in the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!! Be sure to Enter!!! Winner will get a $10 Amazon Card and 3 Winners will get to choose between the Paperback and Digital Copy of Venice in The Moonlight!!

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Paige Dearth Blog Tour: When Smiles Fade

Making Connections Paige Dearth



Emma was unloved from the moment she was born. Her earliest memory is being severely beaten by her father, Pepper Murphy, when she was eight-years-old. Seething with resentment over the sacrifice of his dreams for a woman he cares little about and children he never wanted, Pepper chooses to blame his oldest daughter. Her mother, Valerie, makes matters worse with her verbal abuse, leaving Emma isolated with a man that had no boundaries in punishing his daughter, taking his abuse to unimaginable levels.Emma’s father’s coldblooded beatings and the ultimate abuse to which he subjects her, lays the foundation of the person she becomes. As she matures into a resourceful teenager, she is unwilling and unable to stifle her desire for revenge. Reaching her breaking point she can no longer control the impulse to fight back and finally takes matters into her own hands.Having learned the art of hatred from her father and the mastery of manipulation from her mother, young Emma now sets out to make a better life for herself, leaving the memory of the abused child she had once been behind her. Hardened by the heartless brutality she encounters and the dangerous situations she must overcome in the course of her journey, she faces every challenge that comes her way in her quest for a normal life for herself and for those she loves. 

Finally a person emerges from within that guides her toward a better life until she learns of a secret that sets her on the path of ultimate redemption.

Raped at the age of seven, I was a lost and lonely child. This experience inspired me to write my debut novel, Believe Like A Child. Growing up my family was poor, to help pay the bills, we took in my maternal uncle who sexually abused me when I was only seven years-old. As a child, living day by day, I had few aspirations and didn’t dare to dream of my future, but I did make up stories in my mind to temporarily escape my living conditions, which helped me cope.
Leaving home when I was 19 years-old, I went searching for a better life. By the age of 25, I had divorced my first husband, a heroin junky, had a four year-old daughter and was married to my second and current husband, Michael.
At the age of 29 and after years of working in a low paying job, I decided to go college. Fearful that I wasn’t smart enough to pass college level courses, I pushed myself to move forward one step at a time. While working full time, raising a child and attending college at night, I finished my MBA eight years later, having exceeded my educational goal and conquered my fear of learning.
Only after I finished college did I settle down and begin to live a fulfilling life. I worked in corporate America where I earned a decent living, but never loved my work. I was 46 years-old when I sat down and wrote my first novel, Believe Like A Child.
Living through the fear and isolation of my youth, I developed the ability to create stories that helped me cope and finally put them to use by embarking on a series of novels. Believe Like A Child, my debut offering, is the darkest version of who I could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time. It presents a fine balance between what lives on in my imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.
My second novel, When Smiles Fade, was released in January 2013 and four months later I won as a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the thriller genre. I am currently working on my third novel and expect it to be published in early 2014.
Driven life survivor that believes all of my experiences make me a good person worthy and capable of achieving great things. Remarkable ability to battle my demons, while holding onto my truth and hope for the future. Capable of having empathy for other people and knowing that, it is our flaws that makes each of us so perfect.
Resiliency, persistence and focus on being happy Excellent in sharing life experiences without embarrassment or compromise Solving complex problems without losing who I am in the process Managing change I need to make in order to become a better person.
CHILD Accomplished at being homely Expert in being manipulated, taken for granted and sexually abused Extensive experience not having anything that other children or teenagers possess Ability to cope with loud and demanding people Skilled in overcoming disappointment and demoralization Easily relates to people who can make something out of nothing, except unwavering faith
YOUNG ADULT Survived being married to a heroin junky Capable of lasting three consecutive days without food while nursing a three month old baby Skilled at moving to another state and living alone in fear and isolation Superior coping skills at being a single parent with nothing more than a high school diploma Qualified to get over the death of a parent at the age of nineteen
ADULT Superior tolerance working for creatures in corporate America, who will do anything to be “successful” Expert at hiding my own lack of confidence to convince my daughter that she can be or do anything Deep understanding of working for everything I have and being proud of my accomplishments Creative and kind in listening to others talk about their hardships Willingness to take risks in order to live my dream Strong at conquering fear and pressing on regardless of what others think

Dragon Wish: Magical War Begins

Judith spins her magical web once more in her book, Dragon Wish

Here is what the blurb reads,

A vision, a wish, and a journey plagued by evil.

Cold, desolate cliffs and a white dragon’s blue gaze captures Seren Jordan in a terrifying vision. A universe away, Paladin Fulcan–prince, captain, and sorcery-shadowed seed of dragonkind–struggles to overcome his grief during the long journey to where he must bury his wife and son. Seeing a shooting star, he violates the most sacred law of the dragonseed: he makes a wish.

A dragonseed’s wish can open the gates between realities, can alter fate. But has fate itself decreed this wish? For the throne-less dragonseed’s destiny is entwined with that of a mortal mate; their son is fated to be the One True Dragon King to rule over all the dragons. But not all dragons are content to accept one rule, and the rebels quietly gather allies to prevent the birth of Seren’s baby.

dragon wishThe book starts out with Seren trying to get the image of a White Dragon out of her mind.

On the other side (quite literally!!), a king makes a wish in haste, for a child.

And in that moment, both their lives change forever!!!

Palladin saves Seren from dying and takes her to another planet and then they make love only to find out that Seren would be carrying Palladin’s baby, a dragonseed. There begins the journey to take Seren to safety as evil dragons combine to destroy Seren and rule the “other world”

Seren and Palladin both grieve for their lost children and this draws them together. As Seren tries to adapt to her new world, she must protect the future of Avaris growing inside her and battle her confusion and raging lust for Palladin.

What happens when evil forces combine and seek to destroy everyone in their path? Can Seren stand the dragon blood growing inside her? Will she survive her pregnancy? Can Palladin save Avaris? What mysteries does the dragon land have for Seren?


This is the third book by Judith that I have read and I like that she believes in magic and tries to spin it in her stories. However, I felt the storyline in ‘Dragon Wish’ to be a little weak in that aspect. The magic seemed replaced by drama between the characters as they battled their personal biases and wishes and tried so hard to stay away from each other.

I was drawn into the new world of Avaris and I really wish that Judith had described more of the battle instead of placing an expiry date on the battle timing to end with Seren’s pregnancy! But I loved the dragon parts and I wish there had been a quest with some more mystery and clues for the reader to solve because the world of Avaris is solid and strong. Also, I could feel the magic brewing between the pages on my e-book!! I didn’t want it to end abruptly. Also, I don’t like the fact that there ALWAYS has to be a KING at the throne!! Would it be so bad to have a QUEEN?? I would have loved a princess being born. And also I would have loved to explore Seren’s psychic abilities because that was underutilised throughout the book. There were parts where the dialogue between Seren and Palladin seemed very daily soap-esque.

Having said that, I cannot fault Judith too much because I was still drawn to the book inspite of characters being very temporary!!

I loved the different world and the descriptions of the characters, their mysteries and their comparisons with Earth. It always thrills me that we are not alone in this Universe, (unless of course, the other world is trying to Kill us, in which case, I shall not be thrilled)

I enjoyed the last battle because it felt epic. I just wish there was more fighting described among the characters.

I loved that Seren wanted to stay back at the end. We can never say how our life changes and where we are steered in the course of life. All we can hope for is to stay true to ourselves and listen to our heart.

3 star


My Rating: 3/5

This book is magical in bursts and while I have my own share of grouses with the typical way the book flows, I love any bit of Magic!!

Read the book if you like Magic and like typical Romantic dialogues!!

Also, read it if you love dragons or any mythical creatures!!!


(This review is a part of the Making Connections Blog Tour with Judith Leger)

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