Blog Tour Day 13: My Guest Post on the Book Diva’s Reads “Buried Treasures: Treats for the Watchful Reader”

Day 13 of the blog tour takes us to The Book Diva’s Reads for my guest post “Buried Treasures: Treats for the Watchful Reader” and  a review of King of Paine by my host, Vivian, The Book Diva herself. Today’s post was a fun one to write because when the grind of revising later drafts becomes tiresome, one of the ways I entertain myself is by hiding little Easter eggs in the manuscript–homages, themes, and other trivia I hope will intrigue readers. Today, I get to reveal some of them…and tease you with a few others!

The Book Diva’s Reads is an attractive blog in its simplicity–no bells and whistles, just a lot of reviews. In Vivian’s own words, “I’ve read blogs by professionals and those with emphasis on one or two genres. I thought it would be interesting to start a blog for the basic reader by a basic reader.”  She enjoys reading from a variety of genres, including favorites: Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Thrillers, ChickLit, and Classic Literature. Vivian also enjoys reading nonfiction relating to aromatherapy, herbalism, perfumes and perfumery, tea, comparative religion, Islam and Muslims.  She’s also written several informative booklets on Islam and Muslims, co-authored and edited stories on Islamic parables, as well as authored numerous Islamic articles and reviews. If you can’t find something to read after browsing The Book Diva’s Reads, you’re just not trying!

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow when I visit Alive On The Shelves for a guest post entitled “When Eye Candy Fights Back: Adding Depth To a Love Interest.” It’s about Jolynn Decker, Frank Paine’s feisty ex-girlfriend, who alternates among suspect, tease, lover, sidekick, and victim in King of Paine with the ease of a more experienced actress.

One comment on “Blog Tour Day 13: My Guest Post on the Book Diva’s Reads “Buried Treasures: Treats for the Watchful Reader”

  1. I really enjoyed reading Larry’s guest post on THE BOOK DIVA today! I never really thought of an author dropping little Easter eggs here and there as well as trivia within his manuscript but that is a great way to think of it. Larry describes it as a deviation from loneliness, boredom or straight writing (for an author) and that surely makes sense. AND FOR THE READER, I know I found myself flipping the pages further to get to my own next “Easter egg” that would reveal more of the storyline, more about the characters, and the great mystery of which I could not wait to find out what that great mystery was! In other words, his little technique makes for exceptional writing and a great story!

    If you are just dropping by Larry’s website here… don’t miss out on this great read!

    Lori in Arizona

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  • Larry and Ellie Kahn

  • When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, my neurologist told me there was nothing I could do to slow down an inevitable slide into disability. So I simply (apathetically?) went about the business of researching my third novel for over a year until I crossed paths with others who had discovered a curiously overlooked goldmine of scientific research suggesting vigorous exercise could help slow the progression of PD and improve quality of life.


    After experiencing the impact of exercise myself, my wife, Ellie, and I began brainstorming with other believers about how to effectively spread the gospel of exercise and hope.  We formed PD Gladiators in 2013, a nonprofit charged with developing a plan to ally metro Atlanta fitness instructors and clinicians to convince people with PD to take a proactive approach to managing their disease. PD Gladiators entered agreements with the Atlanta YMCA, Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation, Yellow River Center and other independent fitness instructors to build a network of PD-specific exercise classes based on PD Gladiators’ promise to promote the exercise research and the PD Gladiators Fitness Network to local clinicians to create the referral “pipeline” necessary to make the adapted fitness programs sustainable. I believe recruiting the support of influential clinicians in our community from the start was the critical insight that has led to the phenomenal growth of the Network.


    By 2018, the Network consisted of over 60 weekly classes, and metro Atlanta “gladiators” logged almost 25,000 class visits for the year! On August 1, 2018, the Parkinson’s Foundation and PD Gladiators determined they could better serve the needs of the Parkinson’s community through an organizational unification. Ellie and I served on the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia until retiring in October 2019. PD Gladiators Executive Director Annie Long continues to manage and grow the Network as an employee of the Parkinson’s Foundation.


    Ellie and I still practice the proactive, hopeful approach that we  preach. With Ellie’s loving support, I exercise daily, eat a nutritious diet supplemented as recommended by Dr. Laurie Mischley (a Parkinson’s researcher and naturopathic doctor practicing in Seattle), and have adopted good sleep habits. While excited to begin the retirement we had deferred to nurture PD Gladiators, I intend to devote some of my energy–without stress and deadlines–to brainstorm ideas for other areas of Parkinson’s care in need of intervention  for consideration by government and charitable organizations with the mission and resources to undertake these projects.


    I believe that problem-solving is a team sport, and I encourage you to join in the discussion. Let’s make Parkinson’s Ideas, Man an incubator for high impact solutions to the issues that effect us most.