Slush Pile Reader Top 10 Rated Manuscripts 3/31/12

Here are the top ten rated manuscripts on Slush Pile Reader as of March 31, 2012:


Rank: 1
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Popular culture, Other
Rank: 2
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Rank: 3
Genres: Romance, Mystery & Thrillers
Rank: 4
Genres: Mystery & Thrillers, Literary fiction, Crime, Religion & Spirituality, Popular science, Horror
Rank: 5
Genres: Memoir, Comedy & Satire, Adventure
Rank: 6
Genres: Adventure, Chick lit, Comedy & Satire, Popular culture, Romance
Rank: 7
Genres: Comedy & Satire
Rank: 8
Genres: Adventure, Comedy & Satire, Horror
Rank: 9
Genres: Adventure, Philosophical, Literary fiction, Science Fiction
Rank: 10
Genres: Romance

Book of the Week/Free Press Book Review 3/27/12

As a perfect follow-up to The 17-Day Diet, Dr. Mike Moreno brings us The 17 Day Diet Cookbook: 80 All New Recipes for Healthy Weight Loss (Free Press, 2012).

The 17-Day Diet Cookbook breaks down recipes for each cycles of Dr. Mike’s revolutionary diet plan – Accelerate, Activate, Achieve, and Arrive – all designed to help drop pounds safely yet rapidly. Who knew that delightful dishes such as chicken tandoori, crab cakes, Mexican Chocolate Pudding, frozen yogurt, eggs with a snap of salsa, Dr. Mike’s very own power cookies (you heard right – cookies on a diet!), and one of my favorites, green tea applesauce, among other fantastic recipes, would be included in a diet cookbook?

Each recipe in The 17-Day Diet Cookbook was developed around foods on the original 17-Day Diet plan. Each section of the book contains recipes and 51 daily meal plans for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks for each stage

You don’t need to be a five-star chef or even have fancy preparation equipment and ingredients; most what is outlined in The 17-Day Diet Cookbook may already be in your kitchen. In addition, most of the recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, are low in fat, high in fiber, nutrition, and – most important – taste great and promote rapid weight loss!

The 17-Day Diet Cookbook is easy to read and follow, and a great cookbook to include in your kitchen’s collection, even if you don’t follow the 17-Day Diet plan on a regular basis.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

SEEN This Week 3/26/12

This week’s book and author news:

Come Home, the newest book by Lisa Scottoline, is set to hit bookstores and online markets April 10. You can pre-order Come Home on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Dr. Mike Moreno is following up on his successful book The 17-Day Diet with The 17-Day Diet Cookbook, which will be released by Free Press March 27

Here is the ABC coverage of the committee meeting on AB1522 in California. Barbara Bentley, who championed the bill which banned alimony and retirement fund payments in 1995 after her then-husband, John Perry, tried to murder her, stated in the article how she couldn’t believe how 17 years later, courts haven’t learned from her case. “Unfortunately, we have to fight for every little scrap of progression in the laws,” Barbara added.

Pinpoint, Shelia Mary Taylor’s psychological legal crime thriller, was the March 21 featured book on Cents-ible E-reads.

Don Martin is planning project and needs five poets. He would prefer ones who don’t have much exposure. The end result will be a book of new poetry. Don’s target page count is 140, so he would need between 20 and 30 poems from each poet. If you are a poet, or know a poet, and this sounds interesting, contact him.

Jamie Saloff will be doing some upgrades on The Polka Dot Banner in coming weeks. She’s thinking about adding an opening chapter challenge facing off two books to be voted on over the week. Other changes will also happen as they update from 1.5 software to the current 2.5.

One of Simon Daniels’ short stories was nominated March 21 for a ‘Story of the Week’ award on StoryStar.

Bev Allen has been offered an opportunity to promote her novel Jabin at the Hay Book Festival in May.

A Killing In The City by John Holt is now available for Kindle on both Amazon and

Kristal McKerrington made an appearance on the Big J Watts Show March 24 as part of a lively and fascinating discussing on the wrestling romance genre.

Simon Swift will be signing copies of his book Black Shadows at Waterstones Brighton April 7 beginning 11AM.

Congratulations to Kate Rigby, who advanced to the current round in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

My News For the Week:

I’ve opened a new blog that will focus on arthritis-related topics. The blog is simply titled Living With Arthritis.

Cover for my upcoming book All the Way To Bone: My Walk With Severe Osteoarthritis was completed this past week. Click here for a preview.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Author Profile: Dr. Mike Moreno

If you’ve read The 17-Day Diet, you’ve probably enjoyed Dr. Mike Moreno’s easy, light (no pun intended), and conversational approach. Reading his book, it’s almost as if you are in an actual office visit, as he hasn’t written a typical, clinical-sounding diet book.

Dr. Mike has followed up his successful book with The 17-Day Diet Cookbook, which is set for release March 27 by Free Press. It too is an enjoyable and delicious work!


Dr. Michael Rafael Moreno, better known as “Dr. Mike,” is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine and Hahnemann Medical School (now Drexel University). Following his residency at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California, Dr. Mike moved to San Diego, where he now practices family medicine and sits on the board of the San Diego Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

In 2008, Dr. Mike launched “Walk with Your Doc,” which he participates in every Tuesday and Thursday morning before his workday begins. The program began when Dr. Mike offered to walk with a patient to motivate her to exercise and has since grown into a thriving community.

Dr. Mike takes pride in being viewed not only as a doctor, but also as a friend and confidant.

“We’ve all pledged, promised and bullied ourselves to eat better and exercise more, but so many times even the best intentions fall short,” Dr. Mike says. “I incorporate healthy habits into my work and home life and you can too.”


Web Site: The 17 Day

View Videos on YouTube 17 Day Diet

Facebook: 17 Day Diet

Twitter: @17DayDiet

Slush Pile Reader Top 10 Rated Manuscripts 3/24/12

Here are the top 10 rated manuscripts on Slush Pile Reader as of March 24, 2012:

Rank: 1
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Popular culture, Other
Rank: 2
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Rank: 3
Genres: Romance, Mystery & Thrillers
Rank: 4
Genres: Mystery & Thrillers, Literary fiction, Crime, Religion & Spirituality, Popular science, Horror
Rank: 5
Genres: Memoir, Comedy & Satire, Adventure
Rank: 6
Genres: Adventure, Chick lit, Comedy & Satire, Popular culture, Romance
Rank: 7
Genres: Comedy & Satire
Rank: 8
Genres: Adventure, Comedy & Satire, Horror
Rank: 9
Genres: Adventure, Philosophical, Literary fiction, Science Fiction
Rank: 10
Genres: Romance

SEEN This Week 3/19/12

Tomorrow marks the first day of spring here in the US! Here is some book and author news to help kick off the season of renewal:

Looking for some new sexy reading to kick off your spring season? Siren Erotic Romance announced the release of Leather and Lace: The Callens 1 by Melody Snow Monroe on BookStrand.

Parallel Roads by Dennis Higgins is a mysterious trip down Highway 66 for a grandson and his grandmother even though they are years apart. What a wonderful story that blends science fiction, mystery and fantasy in a fascinating way. Check it out at eTLC.

How did Annette meet Aaron? Do you believe in love at first sight? Find the answers to these questions and more in Marie Fostino’s latest book A Struggle of the Heart.

Bill Van Oosten is seeking crit partner(s) for a Fantasy manuscript. Click here to check it out if interested.. He will be happy to reciprocate.

Children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, administrator of the featured group, The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword!, was featured in an interview on Womens Radio.

What does Geoffrey Collins-White do when not writing poetry? Try checking out some jazz from March 10 by GRIZZLY at the Barga Jazz Club

Kristal McKerrington has signed a publishing contract with Night Publishing. Her upcoming novel The Tennessee Prince and His Princess will be the first book available in paperback., one of the strongest pillars of the self-publishing industry launches the Book Trailer Service. After several months of finding the most creative and competent artists, has finally collaborated its team to produce the best book trailers. Additional details may be found here.

My News for the Week:

Special thanks to Andy Szpuk, who featured me on Desert Island Books March 15.

The Cruiserweight ranked the following on Amazon Kindle March 14: #50 in Kindle Store/ Kindle eBooks/Nonfiction /Sports/Individual Sports/Wrestling.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Book of the Week 3/19/12

Since I was on a true crime reading and TV viewing spree this past week, I decided to add Suzy Spencer’s acclaimed book Wasted (Pinnacle Books, 2008)

Wasted tells the story of Regina Hartwell, a wealthy lesbian caught up in the world of cocaine and looking for love in all the wrong places. When she meets 18-year-old Kim LeBlanc in a club, Regina feels she’s found the love of her life, but there is one snag. Kim is straight.

However, that one factor doesn’t stop Regina. She seduces Kim with lavish gifts and cocaine. Kim tires of Regina’s controlling ways, but not of the fabulous lifestyle that came with being with Regina.

Soon, Kim meets drug dealer Justin Thomas, and a volatile love triangle erupts – which results in Justin stabbing Regina to death.

Suzy Spencer the Regina Hartwell story in Wasted from Regina’s acclimation of wealth in her early years to the tales of deception, intrigue, and her tragic slaying. This book is written matter-of-factly, without sensationalism or bias.

She outlines motivations behind Kim and Justin very well, holding the reader’s interest, giving us all an underlying lesson of what can happen when one becomes deeply involved with the wrong people who have not-so-savory agendas. Wasted is another work that true crime buffs should add to their bookshelves.