Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Rachele Baker DVM, Marina Osipova and D. Wallace Peach


Welcome to the Friday edition of the author update and recent reviews for books on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first book with a recent review is Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker, DVM. Our pet’s health is as important as our own.

About Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy

Did you know? That if you feed large breed puppies diets other than those formulated and labeled specifically for “Large Breed” puppies that they can develop bone and joint problems? Learn more in Chapter 1: The Best Nutrition For Dogs and Puppies.

Do you know the proper way to clean your dog’s ears? Keeping your dog’s ears clean can help to prevent recurrent ear infections. Chapter 6: Keeping Your Dog’s Ears Clean walks you through the steps to properly clean your dog’s ears and gives recommendations for high quality ear cleaners for dogs.

Buyer Beware. The term “Holistic” on dog food labels is not legally defined or regulated by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). Read more in Chapter 1.

Does your dog constantly pull on the leash on walks? You will appreciate the tips in Chapter 2 – Part 2: Fun Exercise Options For Your Dog.

Do you know how to determine if your dog is overweight?  Learn more in Chapter 2 – Part 1: Keeping Your Dog At A Healthy Weight.

Even people who have had dogs for years will be sure to learn something new in this fabulous book by veterinarian Dr. Rachele Baker. Get yours today!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Veterinarian Rachele Baker provides some excellent idea, some of which I wish I had had with my first dog. I have made some of the mistakes that this book addresses and it was my furbabies who suffered for them.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And on Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Rachele Baker, DVM on Goodreads

Connect to Rachele via her website: http://rachelebaker.com

The next author with a recent review is Marina Osipova with her novel of love and war The Cruel Romance.

About The Cruel Romance

October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.

As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to forgive and love again? Praise The Cruel Romance is a tale of love, violence, and acceptance as Serafima is forced to live with what the Germans left behind.

This compelling story makes for a thrilling read in a setting and time that comes to life, pulling the reader into the vividly drawn, rarely seen world. Elisabeth Amaral, author of When Any Kind of Love Will Do and Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Tarian Green 5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think. February 10, 2019

This is an unsettling, heartbreaking but compelling story about how ordinary people thrown into extraordinary circumstances struggle to survive in war-torn Europe. We view this world through Serafima’s eyes. A young girl of seventeen who is also under pressure through living with her cold-hearted mother. The realistic portrayal of life in Russia during this devastating period of history was unique and enlightening. As was the continuing battle for Serafima and her son in the aftermath. An Interesting angle on a familiar and tragic time. Major Schuette is cruel, and Lt Werter Lindbery attempts to be kind, he is also musical. From this point, we have the beginnings of a tangled web of relationships.

The four main characters are brilliantly drawn, and the writing is of extremely high quality. Recommended.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

And Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW

Read other reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29457862-the-cruel-romance

Connect to Marina via her website: http://www.marina-osipova.com/

And the final author today with a recent review is D.Wallace Peach for the first book in the Rose Shield Series – Catling’s Bane

About the book

Catling – She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

In the tiered cities of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pleasure and pain mark the extremes of their sway. But it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.

Until Catling discovers the gift that will be her bane. She is the shield that disrupts the influencer’s sway.

Born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her a unique ability, the means to remake a civilization. To the Guild, she an aberration, a threat, and they order her death. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans.

As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like otherworld flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

In the spirit of the fantasy tradition set by Patrick Rothfuss, Karen Miller, and Glenda Larke, follow Catling’s journey as she grows into the deadly force that shapes the future. She is the realm’s shield, an influencer, assassin, healer, mother, and avenger. And all she desires is to go home.

A recent review for the book on Goodreads.

Feb 05, 2019 Jessica Bakkers rated it  four stars.

Your feelings – your ability to have an internal dialogue and make decisions based on your feelings , is a sacrosanct thing. Or at least in OUR world it is. Not so in the world created by D Wallace Peach in Catling’s Bane where people’s very emotions can be influenced by magic. Can be, and frequently are.

Catling’s Bane follows the life of Catling, a child of the warrens born with a difference; the ability to shield herself and others from the magic of influencers. In a world where the powerful and wealthy create and enforce law, and influencers hold even the mighty in their clutches, Catling’s gift is both to be desired and feared. For varied reasons, folk take Catling under their wings but he soon finds out not all of them have her best interests – or the world’s – at heart.

Catling’s Bane is a thought-provoking book, set in a rich fantasy world where the rules are very different to our own. I enjoyed reading Catling’s plight as she was pulled here and there and shamelessly used by others for their own good, or their perceived notions of the greater good. I loved the concept of influencing someone and enjoyed seeing how such an immense power was wielded. Peach wrote some wonderful characters who have an incredible sense of depth to them; there were very few who could be painted as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Rather they were much more complex and flawed as real people should be.

I enjoyed Catling’s Bane and am keen to see where her continuing journey takes her. I recommend this book to fantasy lovers, adventure seekers and those who enjoy a magically crafted world where the impossible is possible.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XK3PCRZ

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Catlings-Bane-Rose-Shield-Book-ebook/dp/B06XK3PCRZ

A selection of other books by D.Wallace Peach

Read the reviews for buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Read more reviews and follow Diana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

Connect to D. Wallace Peach via her website/blog: http://www.mythsofthemirror.com

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with a book or two.. thanks Sally

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker, DVM.


I know that everyone who visits is an animal lover, and most of you are dog owners. Today’s new book on the shelves is Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker, DVM.

About Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy

Did you know?

That if you feed large breed puppies diets other than those formulated and labeled specifically for “Large Breed” puppies that they can develop bone and joint problems? Learn more in Chapter 1: The Best Nutrition For Dogs and Puppies.

Do you know the proper way to clean your dog’s ears?

Keeping your dog’s ears clean can help to prevent recurrent ear infections. Chapter 6: Keeping Your Dog’s Ears Clean walks you through the steps to properly clean your dog’s ears and gives recommendations for high quality ear cleaners for dogs.

Buyer Beware.

The term “Holistic” on dog food labels is not legally defined or regulated by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). Read more in Chapter 1.

Does your dog constantly pull on the leash on walks?

You will appreciate the tips in Chapter 2 – Part 2: Fun Exercise Options For Your Dog.

Do you know how to determine if your dog is overweight?

Learn more in Chapter 2 – Part 1: Keeping Your Dog At A Healthy Weight.

Even people who have had dogs for years will be sure to learn something new in this fabulous book by veterinarian Dr. Rachele Baker. Get yours today!

One of the reviews for the book

Within less than 100 pages, Rachele Baker, DVM, outlines how any dog parent, experienced or brand new, can help their dog live a healthier lifestyle.

She organizes her book into seven sections with two bonus sections:

Chapter 1: The Best Nutrition for Dogs and Puppies
Chapter 2: Keeping Your Dog at a Healthy Weight | Fun Exercise Options for Your Dog
Chapter 3: Taking Care of Your Dog’s Teeth
Chapter 4: Protecting Your Dog from Fleas and Ticks
Chapter 5: Protecting Your Dog from Heartworm Disease
Chapter 6: Keeping Your Dog’s Ears Clean
Chapter 7: The Right Vaccinations for Your Dog
Bonus 1: Tips and Tricks for Giving Medications to Your Dog
Bonus 2: Important Information to Take to Your Dog’s Veterinarian Visit
In each section, she provides concise and precise information. No wasting your time. I read the entire book in less than two hours. When you’re a busy parent, of humans and/or dogs, a quick but thorough read is exactly what you want and need.

Within the section on nutrition, Dr. Baker’s description of how to check your dog to determine if he is overweight or underweight is two paragraphs long, including how to check with a physical inspection and how to check visually. Her writing is clear and easy to understand.

Dr. Baker opens her chapter on healthy weight and exercise with a disturbing statistic: “It is estimated that approximately 54% of dogs in the United States are either overweight or obese.”

Yikes! Her explanation of the consequences of your dog being overweight is sobering. Even long-time dog parents would be smart to read this section to crystallize why keeping your best friend at a healthy weight is so important.

To help dog parents out, she offers several different exercise options for you and your dog. Her suggestions keep in mind that not everyone has unlimited time and money. As someone who just started a Novice Agility Class, my head spins when I think about how much money I could spend on equipment. Sure, I could make the equipment for less, but that’s a time investment. And then I have to store all of this equipment somewhere. Her suggestions require little monetary investment.

The critter chapters give any dog parent an overview of the different kinds of fleas and ticks, and a clear definition of what the heck a heart worm is. She also covers how these various parasites can negatively affect your dog.

In particular, ticks concern me, so I was thrilled to discover the University of Rhode Island’s TickEncounter Resource Center. Dr. Baker recommends using their Tick Identification Chart to learn more about ticks in your region of the U.S.

While I’m not a fan of these parasites, I am better informed about each one and the diseases associated with each.

Her explanation of the core vaccinations, DA2P and Rabies gets right to the point. If your dog does not build up antibodies, Dr. Baker describes what could happen if they are exposed to the various viruses. I especially liked how she broke the DA2P vaccination into its three parts protecting dogs against four different diseases. She offers definitions that are accessible to any pet parent. I could easily see myself using her book as a reference tool if I ever needed clarification on these viruses.

Dr. Baker ends her book with a handy checklist of what kinds of records you should bring with you to your first vet visit. While you could ask vet clinics to coordinate the transfer of records, she encourages dog parents to call to confirm that new vets have received records before you bring your dog in for your initial appointment with the new vet. The checklist will help you and your new vet make the best decisions possible for the health of your dog because everyone has the same information.

While Dr. Baker makes various recommendations for different products, she must know how particular dog parents can be. If you don’t like one manufacturer or you know your dog would never like a certain item/flavor, she has another choice ready for you.

Throughout her book, I found myself “hmming” as I read another helpful tidbit or piece of information I did not previously know. For example, in the section on fleas, Dr. Baker warns dog parents to avoid flea shampoos because they may be toxic and they could dry out your dog’s skin making them even itchier. She shares, “Any shampoo will kill fleas on a dog.” Makes total sense when I think about it. How tiny is a flea? Their respiratory system can’t overcome lathery soap!

If you’re a dog parent looking for a straightforward guide on how to help your dog live a healthier life, I recommend reading Dr Rachele Baker’s Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And on Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Rachele Baker, DVM on Goodreads

About Rachele Baker, DVM

Dr. Rachele Baker is a veterinarian, an author, an award-winning blogger at Rachele Baker, Veterinarian and Author, and a pet lover. She lives in the beautiful state of California with her golden retriever named Savanna and a sassy Maine Coon cat named Chessie.

Rachele has been working as a veterinarian in California caring for dogs and cats for over seventeen years. She received her B.S. from the University of California Davis in 1997 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

Rachele’s highly rated book Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy is available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback.

Rachele has published a number of interesting and helpful articles about pet health and resources for pet lovers on her website.

Connect to Rachele Baker, DVM

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Rachele-Baker-DVM/e/B00AN9TKLS

Website: http://rachelebaker.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rachele.baker.dvm/
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rachele-baker-dvm
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RacheleBakerDVM/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/rachelebakerdvm/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rachele-baker-dvm/56/1a4/b82/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/rachelebakerdvm/

Thank you for visiting today and I am sure that Rachele would welcome your comments and questions about her books. Thanks Sally