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Book Blitz: ‘The Life of Plants in a Changing Environment’ by Rishikesh Upadhyay

Title: The Life of Plants in a Changing Environment

Author: Rishikesh Upadhyay

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Genre: Non-fiction, Plants, Nature, Environment, Gardening, Ecology, Plant adaptation

About the Book:

Plants experience stress due to environmental changes, either in biotic or abiotic form, during their life cycle. Non-heritable modifications in morphological, physiological or biochemical characteristics tend to reduce or decrease growth and productivity, and sometimes lead to death.

This book presents an exhaustive overview of the specific effects and modifications that could occur in this regards, and will serve to consolidate the ideas to promote standardization of plant adaptation to these changes in the environment. This book returns to the facts of both biotic and abiotic stress, detailing an essential aspect of plant life in the context of stress response.

The text is a comprehensive, current reference that effectively addresses issues and concerns related to plant stress in natural environments. Although many reference books about abiotic stress and other environmental stresses have been published, they all exist in relative isolation from one another, covering only one specific topic. This book is, rather, a comprehensive review of all aspects of the responses of plants to changes in the environment.

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About the Author:

Rishikesh Upadhyay, also known as R K Upadhyay, was born and grew up in a small Nepalis’ hamlet, Bhanjung Basti via Mahadev Tilla, just a few kilometres of Haflong, the district headquarters of North Cachar Hills (now Dima Hasao district), India to Late Pitamber Upadhaya (father) and Nandakala (Bawni) Upadhaya (mother). His research and teaching works has focused largely on the environmental physiology, eco-physiology, stress biology and biochemistry of plants. 

He is currently a Professor (Assistant) of Plant Environmental Physiology, Eco-physiology and Stress Biology in the Department of Botany at Haflong Government College, India.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @RKUpadhy

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/17275904.Rishikesh_Upadhyay

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/profile/rishikesh-upadhyay

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Author Interview: ‘The Happy Human Playbook’ by Antonia Hall

About the Book:

Healthy, simple pleasures can be transformative.

Are you feeling stressed out, anxious, and generally unfulfilled? You’re not alone. The fact is that most humans find true satisfaction to be elusive. Fortunately you can rewire your body to bring a true sense of happiness back into your life — one pleasure at a time.

It is too rare that our society encourages the exploration or discussion of the health benefits of enjoying our bodies, especially when it pertains to sexuality. Many of us were simply not taught to enjoy our bodies, which can leave us disconnected from not only the pleasures all around us just awaiting our attention but the very heart of human experience.

In this book, transpersonal psychologist and go-to media wellness expert, Antonia Hall, offers scientifically-backed ways to access pleasure that will lead to real, achievable happiness that you can feel. Finally, you will be able to calm your overstressed nervous system, enjoy your world and yourself in new ways, and experience well-being and satisfaction — in life and behind closed doors.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I don’t remember a life without books. My love affair with books began early in life and I found solace in libraries, bookstores and between pages. Writing seemed to be a natural extension of this love. Word play is fun, and seems to run in the family. My grandfather was a storyteller. My mother is an author. Perhaps it’s in the genes or blood, but it’s also definitely a part of my heart.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Morning writings seem to have a nice flow, but I write almost anywhere and at any hour. Sitting down with a hot cup of tea and tucking myself in with word-making is a personal joy. I’ve found that the more I can bring a component of play into my writing routine the more the muse seems to want to join into the activity. I’ve also made it a habit to carry a pad of paper and a few pens with me to collect thoughts and ideas as they arrive. 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My first book, The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life was the culmination of my transpersonal psychology graduate thesis work. Over the years I have become a go-to media expert in my field. I noticed that journalists were asking for answers to similar life topics, mostly around ways for humans to reduce stress and enjoy life. My new book, The Happy Human Playbook: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind and Emotions With Joy and Pleasure offers a bevy of ways for people to enjoy life, and to have better relationships with themselves, others, and life. 

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I actually took a year after writing my last book to just sit with it. I knew it held the answers so many humans were seeking, but I also felt like the timing was off. The world changed a great deal over that year, and I knew that the book needed to be restructured to adapt. There’s nothing like taking an entire book apart and reconfiguring it. But in the end it was an infinitely better guidebook because it allows readers to access wellness tools and practices they may need the most at a given time in their lives. So all of the hard work hopefully paid off. 

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My books are non-fiction, inspirational and motivational guidebooks. I was a personal development blogger for many years. It only made sense for my writings to eventually become resource books. 

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

This doesn’t apply to my nonfiction, but I have fantasies about my books ending up in certain hands. I know that there are certain celebrities who would love and appreciate what I have written. May they find my books! 😉

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read voraciously, but I read far more research than I do books these days. My mind is insatiable, and I like to keep up on the latest studies in my field. Most of the books I read are also for research purposes. But I also occasionally curl up with a good piece of fiction. I enjoy self-discovery books like those by Sue Monk Kid, Pirsig and Paulo Coelho. I enjoy fantasy, classic sci-fi, and a full range of chick-lit and beach reads.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson, a book by the late Wayne Dyer and an unpublished mystery manuscript a friend of mine wrote. 

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Oh, I don’t like to play favourites. Ha ha 

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write. Write every single day, without judgement. Just get words down, then return to your work refreshed to do the real work, which is editing. The more you write the stronger your skills will become. It also helps to read, I think. Absorbing great literature expands your mind’s ability to word-make, in my humble opinion. 

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorAntoniaHall

Twitter: @MsAntoniaHall

About the Author:

Antonia Hall, M.A. is a transpersonal psychologist, health and wellness educator, a pleasure coach and a frequent contributor for some of the world’s top magazines including Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, and Reader’s Digest. She is also frequently interviewed by media outlets like The Today Show, Bravo TV, Buzzfeed, and Sirius XM. Antonia’s work focuses on removing inner barriers, allowing for a more satisfying life.

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Author Interview: ‘The Double Monetary Hourglass’ by Lou Vachon

About the Book:

The #1 secret to financial freedom — there’s no better time to get started than right now…

Do you find yourself worrying about what you’re going to do once you get out of college?

Even if you do manage to get a good job, how do you plan on paying off your student loans? And what about buying a house, getting a reliable car, and starting a family?

Entering the world of “adulthood” certainly comes with a lot of extra requirements, most of which demand sizable financial investment, but it doesn’t have to be a big scary ordeal. In fact, pursuing all of these goals can even become the most liberating and freeing feeling of your life.

70% of college graduates enter the workforce with over $30,000 in debt. But this doesn’t have to be you — you don’t have to become part of yet another statistic.

Proper money management is the byproduct of a mindset shift. Your relationship with money is the foundation of your financial success, and with the right tools, techniques, and practices, you can achieve the monetary abundance you’ve always dreamt of.

In Money Management The Double Monetary Hourglass, you’ll discover:

  • Never-before-seen insight into the world of finance and budgeting, guaranteed to set you free to pursue your passions in life 
  • How to establish a solid financial foundation, and why this will allow you to save no matter how much money you are currently earning 
  • Why your desires aren’t the same as your needs, and how to use this information to achieve major savings 
  • The #1 difference between rich people and poor people, and how you can become more like the rich 
  • The importance of investing before you save (and saving before you spend), and why many often seem to get this wrong 
  • Why financial journaling is the key to manifesting abundance, and how you can begin this daily practice today 
  • 10 of the easiest ways to generate passive income and earn yourself some side cash while doing next to nothing 
  • The 5 best practices for using your money to make more money

… and so much more.

Being financially independent as you walk off that graduation stage is not a far fetched fantasy. This is not a reality reserved solely for those who have very wealthy parents.

You can achieve financial success, even while in school, and can carry this forward with you throughout the rest of your life, earning more and more as you go along — having your money work for you rather than against you.

You don’t have to struggle to pay the bills just because that’s how it is for everyone else you know. You can become something more — you can achieve the furthest extents of your financial desires and live a life completely free of debt.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

Well, I’m a handyman, an entrepreneur, artist, and writer. I like to learn a lot of new things. I like real estate, houses and renovating them. When I was young, I had it in my head that I would like to make movies because I love watching movies. So I started to write. 

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

No. I write in my office with my computer. 

3: Where do your ideas come from?

From my experience, from everywhere. I am an organized man. I follow a plan. 

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Yes, I follow a plan. I do brainstorming at the start. I write my chapters, what I want to put inside. And the book takes shape little by little.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Non-Fiction. Real estate, business and money. I like real estate, renovating houses. And I like to help people. What could be better than a book to help thousands to millions of people. 

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

This question does not apply to a non-fiction book. But I love actress Charlize Theron and Alexandra Daddario. 

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

When I have time. I love Fantasy. The author I love is RA Salvatore. 

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am not reading a book at the moment. I am writing one about rental properties.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, because I love history, characters, hobbit, orc, magic, the fantasy world. And I have always adored the characters of the knights. 

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Do the profession you love. If you like to write, become a writer and go for it. Life is too short. These days, it’s easier with the Internet. 

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

Website: www.manyexpertadvice.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/manyexpertadvice

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Lou-Vachon/e/B08HSSD889

About the Author:

Lou Vachon is the author of Flipping Houses When You’re Dead Broke and How a 17-year-old Can Do House Flipping Without Losing Money.

Lou is also an online teacher. You can find (How to renovate a furniture like an expert) course on educational platforms like Udemy and Teachable. The course is interesting if you have an interest in the furniture flip trend. More courses will follow to learn about home improvement and DIY.

To learn more about Lou Vachon’s work, visit www.manyexpertadvice.com.

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Book Review: ‘Listening to the Animals: Becoming the Supervet’ by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

Title: Listening to the Animals: Becoming the Supervet

Published: 18th October 2018

Publisher: Trapeze

Author: Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ProfessorNoelFitzpatrick

Twitter: @ProfNoelFitz

 

Blurb:

Growing up on the family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel’s childhood was spent tending to the cattle and sheep, the hay and silage, the tractors and land, his beloved sheepdog Pirate providing solace from the bullies that plagued him at school. It was this bond with Pirate, and a fateful night spent desperately trying to save a newborn lamb, that inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science – and set him on the path to becoming The Supervet.

Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Noel recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world. We meet the animals that paved the way, from calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs. 

Noel has listened to the many lessons that the animals in his care have taught him, and especially the times he has shared with his beloved Keira, the scruffy Border Terrier who has been by Noel’s side as he’s dealt with the unbelievable highs and crushing lows of his extraordinary career. 

As heart-warming and life-affirming as the TV show with which he made his name, Listening to the Animals is a story of love, hope and compassion, and about rejoicing in the bond between humans and animals that makes us the very best we can be.

 

Review:

Interesting to learn more about the man behind the ‘Supervet’ title. Delve into the world of Professor Noel Fitzpatrick where you will learn where it all began. Always a lover of animals and wanting to do more to help them whenever he could.

Learning more about his childhood you really feel for what he went through with school bullies but as he says himself you shouldn’t give them a name as that gives them power over you still. That being one of the reasons behind him wanting to learn more to escape and leave them behind.

Seems he liked to travel the world wanting to gain as much knowledge as he could to become not just a vet but a specialist. Always striving for more knowledge and never giving up when the next goal was within reach.

Felt like you are re-living his younger days of starting out as a vet alongside him, with the crazy hours and situations found in with the different types of vet you could be (domestic pets, large farm animals, and more specialist areas of practice).

Noel’s study, work, life balance isn’t the best and I wouldn’t say that should be recommend with someone wanting to follow in his footsteps. Needing time for yourself and not just working and studying 24/7 would be the best way forward. But it does go to show the work needed to be able to get to where he is today. It was interesting to see how ‘The Supervet’ show came about with just an idea and finding the perfect location to see that dream idea become a reality. First and foremost he will always listen to the animals to see how they need to be helped if they can be. Finding the fine line between what can be done and what should be done with the pets we hold dear.

As a nation of animal lovers it is easy to see how fascinated we have become with watching ‘The Supervet’ on our screens and living through these incredible animals journeys along with the team and families being brought before our eyes. This book has helped show what Noel has gone through in his life to get him here, the highs and lows all making him the man he is today. A great read that any animal lover would love to dive into.

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Cat Miscellany: Fascinating Facts About Cats’ by Max Cryer

Title: Cat Miscellany: Fascinating Facts About Cats

Published: 1st September 2005

Publisher: Blake Publishing

Author: Max Cryer

 

Blurb:

At last the cat flap is opened to reveal the secret literary life of our feline companions! Did you know that the bible does not mention cats at all? Do you know why we say the cat has been put among the pigeons? Why do we think they have nine lives? How much of our great literature refers to cats – and what do authors say? These are questions that every cat owner has pondered at one time or another. At last, all the cat references in our language have been gathered in one place to provide an informative, fun and comprehensive resource for the cat fan – from owners to aficionados. With everything from the most common to the most obscure mention of the noble beast, this is the last word on every word about the feline species – it’s the cat’s whiskers.

 

Review:

Quirky cat facts, expressions, poems, stories, quotes and more to keep you entertained, intrigued and fascinated throughout. Good gift for cat lovers and again best read with cats near by purring away showing you how content they truly are. Whether it’s facts or comments about cats themselves, or words in reference to them but having no direct connection to them, it will keep you wanting to learn more weird and wonderful things about our furry friends.

Here are just a few of the short quotes and facts that stood out for me and my cats:

‘One of the ways in which cats show happiness is by sleeping.’ Cleveland Amory

‘Cats instinctively know the precise moment their owners will waken – then they awaken them ten minutes sooner.’ Jim Davis

‘A cat makes all the difference between coming back to an empty house – or coming home.’

‘A cat’s worst enemy is a closed door.’

‘Many centuries ago, cats were believed to be a kind of god. All cats remember this – and consider it still to be true.’

So for all my feline friends out there have fun reading!

4 out of 5 stars

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