Blog Tour Day 6: Review & Interview on Boekie’s Book Reviews

The tour takes a long hop across the country to sunny California today, but thanks to the wonder of the Internet I can’t use jet lag as an excuse for spilling my guts in an interview with the aptly-named Vanessa Booke at Boekie’s Book Reviews. From my position in the hot seat, she could hold her own with Barbara Walters–mercifully, she did not make me cry. I just peeked at her review, though, and I’m getting a little misty-eyed–she thinks King of Paine is BETTER than The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo! Wow, I’m blown away.

Boekie’s Book Reviews is a warm, inviting blog with easy-to-read reviews across a wide range of genres. Vanessa is particularly interested in fantasy, paranormal, supernatural and historical fiction. In her own words, “I love reading everything from steamy romances, to time travel to books about vampires and the fae.  I like some mystery and thriller books.” She’s also a lover of poetry and all things Jane Austen.

Vanessa is a writer herself,  starting with poetry in junior high school and then moving on to fiction. She recently published a haunting short story, The Dark Road Ahead, and Winter Rose, the first book in her Eternal Beauty young adult paranormal romance/dark fantasy series, is due out next summer. You can read more about Vanessa’s writing at her author site.

The tour heads back South tomorrow to Alabama, where Owl Tell You About It hosts my guest post “Researching the Psychology of BDSM,” one you won’t want to miss. Laura Ashlee will also be posting her review of King of Paine.

One comment on “Blog Tour Day 6: Review & Interview on Boekie’s Book Reviews

  1. I read KING OF PAINE directly after finishing THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. I had actually never heard of either so it is really strange that they stumbled into my lap serendipitously and unexpectedly when they did. Not to mention reading them back to back! Twilight zone experience. Having said that, I also liked KING OF PAINE better. They are both excellent novels with, if any, very subtle similarities.

    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.