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June 20, 2019 11:03 AM PDT

Why & How to Avoid Sugar & Lose Your Sweet-Cravings

Susan Smith Jones, PhD
Don’t be alarmed — but something’s hiding in your food. From the cereal you had for breakfast to the dressing on your salad to the ketchup on your fries, an addictive substance is lurking in many foods that you'd never suspect.

According to our guest today, holistic health expert Susan Smith Jones, PhD, far more loathed than fat or cholesterol these days, sugar has become public enemy No. 1 when it comes to the health of America. In fact, in our effort to listen to doctors' orders (and government guidelines) to consume less fat and cholesterol, Americans have turned to so-called “healthy” low-fat foods that were actually loaded with sugar.
Susan will share her best tips on why we should eliminate sugar from our diets, how to do it, and surefire ways to eliminate sugar cravings.
SusanSmithJones.com BooksToUplife.com

June 20, 2019 08:12 AM PDT

SAFE HAVEN OF JESUS by Steven Turnwald

Safe Haven of Jesus is an inspirational guide, motivational retreat book, and supplement manual to the Bible. Trust in God’s Providence, Word and merciful grace in seeking eternal life, relationship and His salvific plan. Love of God bears synapses, faith, prayer, hope and Churchgoing. Consciousness with Jesus is a journey.

In 1963, Steven Turnwald breathed his first breaths. After High School graduation, he entered the USAF in 1981. He encountered tribulation for understanding in Christ. This book details the kingdom of God attributed as “Safe Haven of Jesus”. Here we surrender our petty kingdoms, replacing it with God’s kingdom.

June 20, 2019 08:07 AM PDT

Biliju: and the planet Bilirose written and illustrated by Yseult Pierre

On a grey planet lives a grey little boy. Grey is the only thing Nicholas knows. The hills, the grass, the trees, the sky — everything is a dull grey. One day, following his heart, he is moved to dance with the flowers and the grass as they sway in the wind.
Suddenly, everything around him becomes stunningly radiant, much more vibrant than ever before! Something has changed, but Nicholas doesn’t understand what just happened…
Automagically, a strange and kind creature appears before him. A Biliju has come to show Nicholas that his planet can be so much more than grey. It can be dazzling! But how?
Follow Nicholas on his adventure of discovery, as Zeb, the Biliju, brings him to the planet Bilirose where he learns a story he didn’t expect...

About the Author
Born in Longueuil, Quebec, Yseult was a dreamer. After serious studies in Fine Arts, her experience as schoolbook illustrator, her dreams of a funny extra-terrestrial creature and her love of Nature resulted in the publication of the book Bilijou in 1982. After a long and fulfilling career as goldsmith and jewelry designer, Yseult received a second visit of the Bilijous who insisted to come back on our planet. Yseult now lives near a blue river close to Ottawa, Ontario. She enjoys painting and gardening with her dog Rumi... when the Bilijous are not around.

Available in English, Spanish, French and Japanese

June 20, 2019 08:04 AM PDT

ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK! by Timothy R. Bartlett

Timothy has struck again! This time he offers over 50 short stories, of various lengths, to entertain his reader on a roller coaster ride of imagination. The tales within are from Western to Fantasy, and beyond. All ages are invited to take a step forward into this realm of the mind’s eye explore past the Forest Tree Door. Come on in! But remember: you’re entering at your own risk!!!

About the Author
Timothy R. Bartlett of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada is back again! He's been busy conjuring up new tales to titillate your imagination and senses. He dares you to enter his wild collection of Tree Tales he's prepared for you! Any takers???

June 20, 2019 07:59 AM PDT


How Sunny Sees It is about a little girl named Sunny, who, like most of us, has struggles to overcome. Hers include learning how to read with confidence, believing in herself, and learning to trust her own intuition. Although it is a children’s book, all ages will quickly see a relatable mirror of their own thoughts and feelings about their own shortcomings. The teasing and the self-doubts are situations that most people can relate to. Told in a Dr. Seuss rhyming style, it delivers an uplifting message and offers an invitation to the reader to trust one’s own intuition. How Sunny Sees It is more than overcoming fears of reading, it also inspires us to be brave, to think positively, and to use our intuition at all times. It’s a great reminder how a sunny life can really be, no matter your circumstances, when you see it in that way.

About the Author

How Sunny Sees It, was written to inspire children learning to read, to read with confidence and get a boost in their belief in themselves at an early start. Sunny, the main character, struggles with reading and has to learn not to run away from difficulties, but to face them with a positive attitude and to never stop believing in herself. Author Lesley D. Nurse, has written a previous children's book, called, The Tale of Greedy Reeby, and motivational quote books for parents and kids called, Sparkle At Every Step. She graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology in Advertising and Marketing Communications. She resides in New York with her family and loves crafting, cooking and scented candles.

June 20, 2019 07:55 AM PDT


Keeping a secret is nothing to be proud of. It burdens you. It eats away at you. Those who are lucky forget what it is that they are hiding. But, those who aren't must watch as they eventually lose themselves." Jeffrey Stevens has always been eccentric. He works as a private eye for the New York City Police Department, renowned as one of the best detectives in the field. He is famous for his unconventional investigative methods and many officers choose to stay away from him. But when the dead body of the retired CEO of a multi-billion dollar company is found with a note from the killer, Stevens is forced to work with the police officer David Edwards to solve the case. Yet as he and Edwards pursue the killer, another body is found, this time from a man who calls himself the Shadow Pursuer and is bent on exacting his revenge on an impregnable gang. As the team pursues the killer and alleged vigilante, they come to find that no one can be trusted and that at the center of it all lies the darkest secrets of the police department.

Keshav Tadimeti is a storyteller by habit and an author by passion. Drawing inspiration from ancient epics, classics, and present tales, he weaves his stories not only to depict the diverse nature of his characters, but also encapsulate the world around him. Besides exploring the world of Jeffrey Stevens, he practices Indian classical music, plays jazz trumpet, and is fascinated by the field of computer science. Presently, he is a college student, pursuing a degree in Computer Science and serving as an Opinion columnist and two-time Opinion editor for the Daily Bruin, UCLA's award-winning student newspaper.

June 20, 2019 07:50 AM PDT

Teruf The Dreamer: Book 1 Of Teruf's Progression In Succession Series by Mark James Foster
Teruf is the first book in its series that are built around the Mayan Prophecies of the year 2012. However, it was unknown that this was only going to initiate the start of the many devastations and destructions that will be released upon the earth. It was never meant to mean the complete ending of humanity as some may have presumed. The story begins with a young boy of ten when he begins to have strange dreams that are frighteningly realistic-and even more frightening as elements of his dreams begin to come true. Teruf learns more about his unique purpose in the age-old battle between good and evil, He also learns that his parents have strange abilities and talents also which are all destined to come together with him.

I grew up I the Utah Valley area and have many opportunities as a child to travel throughout the northwest, After I graduated from Provo High School, I worked until it was the appropriate time to go on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, After returning home from my mission I got married and joined the United States Air Force. After serving for about four years, I left the Airforce and was given a 100% disability by the VA. Between all of that my first wife chose to get a divorce from me. I subsequently Got married again to Tena, and she was given the opportunity to go to law school with the help of the VA. Since this time, we live in Alaska for nearly ten years, which with much of the time I spent, as they say in today’s world, “the stay at home dad” writing and cooking. I have always had a great passion for backpacking, and have spent much of those joyous times out in God’s country. When we moved back down to Washington, we finished raising our family at which point, I had finished several manuscripts, it was around this time my wife began to become extremely sick, passing away October 16th, 2016.

June 20, 2019 07:46 AM PDT


George Meegan was twenty-four years old and an elementary school dropout, a British merchant seaman when he decided to take the longest walk in human history, without any special equipment, foundation bankroll, or backing of any kind. Leaving his ship in South America, he made his way to Tierra del Fuego with his girlfriend and just began to walk. Seven years later after crossing the Andes, making his way through the trackless Darien Gap, and after taking a long detour on foot to meet the president he finally arrived at the Arctic Ocean with a wife he had married along the way, and their two children. In that instant, part of the high academic story of human migrations received its death blow from a dropout. His book, The Longest Walk, was first published in New York in 1988.

About the Author
In 2000, he brought out “Democracy Reaches the Kids!” This garnered the only “Extraordinary” US Visa ever issued in education. He’d found that western education itself was responsible for the loss of first nation languages & culture, worldwide — one every day. His discovery could instead guarantee them all! To preserve these treasures has become the central mission of George’s outgoing years.

June 19, 2019 07:37 AM PDT

A Double Homicide in Seattle’s Homeless
Encampment Known as The Jungle.
Three Teenage Brothers Stand Trial.
Are They Guilty of the Crime or Were They Set Up?

“Somebody Somewhere,” the Popular True Crime Podcast,
Follows the Twists & Turns of the Case that
Left Seattle Reeling

Ric Speaks with Podcast Hosts & Creators
David Payne and Jody Gottlieb

Three homeless teenagers stand accused of storming a sprawling Seattle homeless encampment known as “the Jungle” and opening fire in 2016. “The Jungle Murders,” as they were called, left Seattle reeling and the encampment was soon shut down by the city. Brothers James and Jerome Taafulisia, who were 16 and 17 at the time, accompanied by their 13-year-old brother, are accused of storming the camp with the intent of robbing a drug dealer. Depending on which opposing attorney one believes in the ongoing trial, the brothers were either looking for a huge payday by robbing the drug dealer or were hustled into taking the fall by older, more-criminally savvy members of their tight-knit Samoan community.

The critically acclaimed podcast “Somebody Somewhere,” created and hosted by former prosecutor David Payne and former CNN producer Jody Gottlieb,follows all the twists and turns of this still-unresolved case. David and Jody can discuss why this case has captured the attention of news media and true crime aficionados across the country, and share some of the surprising turn of events from this intriguing case.

Somebody Somewhere Is Available for Download at
WarnerMedia Podcast Network, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and
Google Podcasts.

June 18, 2019 09:16 AM PDT

"Black Ink Crew: Chicago"

This Season VH1's Hit Show has
New Tattoo Artists and Old Faves
Ric Catches Up with Stars
Ryan Henry & Charmaine Walker

Black Ink Crew: Chicago airs Tuesdays at 8PM ET/PT. This season, as new artists emerge and familiar faces return, the crew strives to salvage the true identity of 9Mag Tattoo. Shop owner Ryan Henry reclaims his throne as the shop’s boss and Chicago’s tattoo kingpin. He is also finally putting himself first professionally and personally after recently becoming single. Van is still wearing his 9Mag tattoo with pride and refuses to be excluded from the team.

Charmaine Walker tries to navigate life after Loyal Ink, but misses the excitement of the old crew. Don is repairing his marriage and stepping up as a leader in the shop. After making strides in his music career, Phor is hopeful about the future of 9Mag. Lily has a renewed focus on her work, but won’t tolerate disloyalty.

Full episodes are currently available on VH1.com and the VH1 App for fans to catch-up on the relevant storylines of the upcoming season.

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