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Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed

Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a …

Sneak Peek: The Great Wall starring Matt Damon

Between courage and fear. Between monsters and men. A wall stands that must never fall. Academy Award winner MATT DAMON (The Martian, The Bourne franchise) leads humanity’s greatest fight for survival in The Great Wall, from Legendary and Universal Pictures. When a mercenary warrior (Damon) is imprisoned within …

Book Review: Sprinkled with Love by Jennifer Faye

The Bachelor Bake Off series gets more competitive in book 3 – “Sprinkled with Love,” when Jillian Parker and Avery Wainwright team up to conquer the baking competition. Friends since childhood, Jillian became the full time nanny to Avery’s twin siblings who are 9 years his junior when …

5 tips to switch up your social media commentary

Are you reading and posting content worthy of your smartphone data? From awards shows to politics and sporting events, the beginning of the year is packed with comment-worthy moments. Many of us take these opportunities to share what we think are the smartest, sharpest and snarkiest takes and …

Book Review: A Spoonful of Sugar by Kate Hardy

With the secondary theme of the girl next door, “A Spoonful of Sugar” by Kate Hardy literally opens with a bang! Fitness guru Tyler Carter has the smoke alarm going when he burnt the practice cookies he was trying to bake for Marietta’s Bachelor Bake-Off. Enter Stacey Allman, …

Book Review: A Teaspoon of Trouble by Shirley Jump

Set in the fictional town of Marietta, Montana, “A Teaspoon of Trouble ” follows Marietta natives Carolyn Henderson and Matthew West who were high school sweethearts. Breaking up after graduation, Carolyn went to New York City to become a chef. Committed to be the best, Carolyn poured all …

Book Review: Red-handed in Romanée-Conti by Jean-Pierre Alaux

Though “Red-handed in Romanée-Conti ” is arguably the best book in the Winemaker Detective mystery series, it is definitely my favorite! This latest book from Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen brings readers a new mystery and also shows a wide swath of Benjamin Cooker’s family life. Alaux and …

Book Review: Royal Affair by Parker Swift

If you are a fan of Regency romances and wondering how those titled gentlemen are faring in today’s world, then “Royal Affair ” by Parker Swift is the book for you. If you are into steamy scenes and high fashion, then “Royal Affair ” is for you! The …

Book Review: One Texas Cowboy Too Many by Carolyn Brown

Romeo and Juliet, Texas style, “One Texas Cowboy Too Many ” reinvents Shakespeare’s tragic love story into a romantic comedy. Leah Brennan, heiress apparent to River Bend Ranch is labeled a rebel by her clan’s matriarch when she finds herself in the arms of Rhett O’Donnell, a motorcycle …

Book Review: Cowboy Pride by Anne McAllister

A story of second chance love with a twist, “Cowboy Pride (Tanner Brothers Book 5)” follows former high school sweethearts Brenna and Jed. Returning to Marietta widowed and pregnant, Brenna who has enjoyed a successful career as an artist in New York still found her old flame Jed …

Dream-casting “One More Kiss” by Samantha Chase

Catching up with Samantha Chase, Marienela asked one of its favorite authors whom she will chose to play the lead characters if “One More Kiss (Shaughnessy: Band on the Run)” is made into a movie. Below is her answer. I have dreams of the Band on the Run …