The Untitled Jersey City Project

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Untitled Jersey City Project for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. (1 page)The Untitled Jersey City Project is 8 short-form episode fragments of a larger story, with many threads left unresolved. But from the 8 episodes, this much is clear – The story is set amidst the fast-developing Jersey City waterfront, just across the river from Manhattan.  A shining new city is being built on the edge of this gritty town. But while the glass office towers and condos are sleek and new, the rules of the game haven’t changed one bit. Everyone here has something to gain – money, fame, power. Or they can lose big. Or they could end up dead.

When I first saw that the preview was only 35 seconds long, I thought there was no way that I could end up being interested in this based on just that much of a preview. I was wrong.  While I don’t recognize any of the actors (though a lot of them went by quickly) there seems to be a lot of action and storylines going on in this series and enough to keep anyone interested.  Don’t be discouraged by the fact that the video is short – if you watch it I am sure that you will be interested in the show too! Leave a comment with why you think you’ll be checking out the Untitled Jersey City Project below!

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Book Review: Where Has Oprah Taken Us? By Stephen Mansfield


There is no doubt that Oprah Winfrey has heavily influenced a lot of the American people and even some non Americans all over the world as well.  In Where has Oprah taken us, The Religious Influence of the World’s Most Famous Woman, Stephen Mansfield looks in to Oprah and her life as a spiritual being.

The book starts out innocently enough, telling of Oprah’s early life and how her mother didn’t know who her father was, but decided that it was Vernon Winfrey.  She bounced back and forth between her mother and father’s house and while eventually it was found out that Vernon was not her father, he treated her as his daughter just the same.  Oprah was promiscuous as a teen and ended up pregnant but lost the baby shortly after it was born.

The story goes on to chronicle Oprah’s start on television and how poor ratings affected her and only wanted to make her do better and in to the birth of the Oprah Winfrey show.  It talks about how she had some crazy show topics in order to compete with Phil Donahue who was the top daytime host at that time.

Then the book goes on to completely rip apart a lot of the “gurus” that Oprah has had on her show and how Oprah needed to do more background on these people and what they were saying before having them on the show to spread it to her viewers, which ate up everything she mentioned making many, many books she has had on her show Bestsellers.

The book was interesting to me, because I am not the biggest fan of Oprah myself.  I have to agree with a lot of the author says about how she doesn’t do her research (But my biggest pet peeve when it comes to her is how she compares ANYONE who has girls screaming for them to the Beatles!)  It is only 5 chapters, but each one is decently long and broken up in to smaller sub-chapters.  The end of the book has a lot of information about the research the author did and an in depth index in case you are looking to look up just certain topics that Oprah has had on her show.

About the Book:

An evocative exploration of Oprah Winfrey’s religious beliefs, from her rejection of her Baptist upbringing to her controversial rise as “an icon of church-free spirituality.” When it comes to psychic readings, here are the best psychics and mediums at that one can get help from to be nudged towards the right path.

Born into poverty in Mississippi in 1954 and rising through talent, hard work and despite tragedy—she was raped at the age of nine and lost an infant son at 14—Oprah Winfrey has become one of the wealthiest, most powerful, and most popular women of her age. These facts alone would make Winfrey worthy of study, yet what makes her of even more profound impact on American society is her decision to champion the cause of “New Age Christianity.” She is, as Christianity Today has proclaimed, “a postmodern priestess—an icon of church-free spirituality.” Rejecting her Baptist roots, Winfrey has become a champion of the Course in Miracles, a seminar in which Christianity is reinterpreted in terms of self-actualization, personal divinity, and self-empowerment. She has also become a disciple of Eckhart Tolle, the increasingly popular teacher of a form of spirituality that blends Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Christianity.

Author Stephen Mansfield explores the Winfrey spiritual phenomenon—much as Mansfield has with figures like George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, and Winston Churchill.


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Book Review & Giveaway: Best Left Buried

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Arliss Pardot was born in a small town in North Carolina. When she was 10, social services took her away when they found her living in a house with a corpse (believed to be her mother’s lover), caged birds and her mother who has gone crazy and was taken away to a mental institution.   Arliss was adopted and doesn’t remember anything from her early life – except that she is afraid of birds.

Now it is 20 years later and Arliss finds out about the death of her birth mother.  She goes back to her birthplace to find out what happened to her mother and to make proper arrangements for her burial.  While there she realizes that she and her mother are a bit of a legend in her small time and Arliss is treated almost like a celebrity. She meets up with Merle who tells her about what happened to her and her family and the legend surrounding them.  Legend has it that a demon will be coming back and needs a host and that it will most likely be looking for Arliss’ love, Nick.

Arliss had told Nick to stay in New York City and Nick did not listen.  But what will happen with the demon? Find out in Best Left Buried!

About the Book

Arliss Pardot was found as a child in a house with a corpse and hundreds of caged birds. She was adopted and forgot everything. Now, the death of her birth mother in a mental institution in North Carolina brings her back to a town full of dark, forgotten secrets – secrets which are Best left Buried.

About the Author

Cindy Hutchins was raised in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina in the town of Morganton.  She grew up surrounded by the oral tradition of the South and the supernatural. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her son, Gabriel and three very spoiled animals.

If you are looking to purchase this book, the ISBN is 9781618423634 and it will be sold on online retailers such as soon! If you can’t wait for its official release, we here at Concert Katie will be giving away a copy to one lucky reader!

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Honor Society in A Tale of Risky Business Part 2 + Giveaway

On October 25th, Honor Society released an EP called “A Tale of Risky Business Part 2”  The first Tale of Risky Business was released back in 2008 before the band was signed by Jonas Records / Hollywood Records and before releasing their debut full length album “Fashionably Late” in 2009.  No longer with a major label and taking it back to their roots, they found it appropriate to name the album a Tale of Risky Business part 2.

Tuesday night the band had a CD Release party at Webster Hall in New York City.  With Fashionably Late they kicked off the album release in LA, so they said for this one they felt right to celebrate in NYC first.  About 100 of the bands friends, family and fans showed up to help celebrate, dancing to the new songs and mingling.  I was able to attend and had a blast seeing friends that I only see at Honor Society shows and catching up with the guys in the band.

Fans who saw them on their “Wherever You Are” Tour this summer will recognize the songs Living a Lie, Gentleman After Dark, One of a Kind, Run For You Money and Wherever You Are as songs that they had did during their sets.  A few of the other songs are brand new!

The tracklisting is as follows:

MIA (Prologue)
Living a Lie
Such a Lovely Life (Interlude)
Gentleman After Dark
Central Park (Interlude)
One of a Kind
Speak Easy (Intermission)
What’s It Gonna Be
Redundancies (Interlude)
Run For You Money
This Bed Is An Ocean (Interlude)
Wherever You Are
Find You In The Dark (Epilogue)


One lucky Concert Katie will be gifted a copy of the album on iTunes. All you need to do is leave a comment on the post with why you’d like to check out the album. (One comment per person, be sure to leave your email address!) Contest ends October 31st 11:59 PM EST.

Book Review: Blaze of Glory by m. garzon

If you have a young adult reader in your life and you are not sure what to get them during the upcoming Holiday season, look no further than Blaze of Glory.  Actually – if you have a reader of any kind in your life – this is the book to get them.

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book.  I’m not particularly into horses. But while the book does kind of revolve around them, it was not enough to bore me by any means.  By the time I got halfway through this book, I could not put it down and by the time I was a couple chapters from the end I was wishing that it never had to end!  Does anyone else get like that? The book is just so good you want to jump inside the story and never leave it?  That’s how I felt with this book.

It took me a while to get into this book and I will tell you why – sometimes I start my review posts before the book is finished and I add in the book info, images, links, etc.  That way once I write my review of the book I don’t have to do all that extra stuff and remember what day I wanted to publish it on (it makes it easier if I end up writing the review somewhere other than my desk where I leave my notes on what is getting posted when).  When I was looking on Amazon one of the reviews gave away what Tea’s forbidden passion was.  While I was a few chapters in and already had a inkling of what was to come – finding out this “spoiler” of sorts, really made me just want to get to THAT part of the book, but it was not to come until much later.

For this reason – I will not be mentioning the other passion.  All I have to say is once it shows up near the second part of the book the story just completely consumes you.  I had my eyes glued to the computer screen for several hours and did not want to deal with anyone who was trying to talk to me.

Seriously this was one of the best books I have read this year – and if you frequent my blog you know that I read a LOT of books.

You can buy the book at m. garzon’s site:

Or find out more details at Amazon’s Blaze of Glory page:

About the Book

Some fires can consume you.

Last year, I had it all. Two jumpers on the show circuit, a lot of wins, and a lot of attention – the good kind.  But now I have nothing. My life is circling the drain. The only spark of light that exists for me is my new, forbidden passion.  If my stepfather finds out, he will kill me.  My twin brother, my only blood relative in the world, has already begged me not to. But I can’t help myself. If it can’t be horses, it has to be this…

About the Author

m. garzon rode horses professionally for ten years, until an injury prompted a career change.  She returned to school and completed a BSc; then, for good measure, an MBA.  After several years of toiling as a business consultant, she turned to writing in a desperate bid to regain her sanity.  A mom of two fabulous children, she lives in St-Lazare, QC and is currently working on the sequel to Blaze of Glory.

Her website is
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Defiants 4x4s! #defiants

If you’re like me, you may have already started thinking about what you’re going to buy your friends and family for the holidays.  (Maybe some of you have even started the shopping process already!)  Target has just introduced a new line of remote control 4x4s for the remote control car lover in your life.  They are called DEFIANTS and they run on 2 AAA batteries.

Defiants 4x4s are mighty, mini, motorized 4x4s that can take on any challenge! Pocket-sized Defiants 4x4s have real gears for Power Speed and Freewheeling Action.

The Defiants FlexTerrain system is fully modular, with playsets and accessories that can be customized into endless configurations.  Each playset connects with every other set for rick, off-road action and expanding play value.

Defiants BlitzForce military-themed vehicles and playsets honor the spirit of freedom and power that kids love!

The first wave of over 50 collectible styles for 2011 began to arrive in stores over the summer.

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Book Review: Healing with Words by Diana M. Raab

Healing with Words by Diana M. Raab is a writer’s cancer journey.  Diana chronicles through her diagnosis with breast cancer, all the appointments she had to go to in order to figure out what the best way to combat the cancer would be, second opinions, surgerys, etc.  Throughout the book are poems that Diana has written, which I thought were an interesting addition to the book.  You can really tell from the poems how she felt during each of these stages in her life and I thought that kind of helped me get in to her headspace a bit more and really understand how she felt and what she was going through (although not having had to deal with anything like this in my life, I can never really, truly know how she felt and I am sure that a lot of the diagnosis and things doctors told her were incredibly scary)

After each chapter there are also questions that you can ask yourself (if you have been through a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment) to think about how your reactions and thoughts different or compared to those of Diana’s as mentioned in each of her chapters.

This is a great book for those who have dealt with breast cancer and for those who haven’t as well.


About the Book

Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey is a compassionate and wry self-help memoir written by an award-winning prolific author, nurse and poet, who at the age of forty-seven found her life shattered first by a DCIS (early breast cancer) diagnosis and five years later by another, seemingly unrelated and incurable cancer–multiple myeloma. The book includes the author’s experiences, reflections, poetry and journal entries, in addition to writing prompts for readers to express their own personal story. Raab’s journals have provided a safe haven and platform to validate and express her feelings. Raab views journaling to be like a daily vitamin–in that it heals, detoxifies and is essential for optimal health.

Readers will learn to:

  • Understand the importance of early cancer detection and how to take control of their own health
  • Discover the power of writing to release bottled-up emotions
  • Learn how the process of journaling can facilitate healing
  • See how a cancer diagnosis can be a riveting event which can renew and change a person in a unique way
About the Author

Since childhood, she has been fascinated with the written word. As an only child of working parents, she spent lots of time alone, which she filled with reading and writing in her journal. These hobbies set the platform for her life’s passion as a poet, memoirist and essayist. She teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and in various conferences and festivals around the country. She frequently writes and lectures on the healing powers of writing.
Her award-winning poetry and memoirs have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Her self-help memoir, HEALING WITH WORDS was released in June 2010. Her memoir REGINA’S CLOSET: FINDING MY GRANDMOTHER’S SECRET JOURNAL won the 2009 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Nonfiction and the 2008 Indie Excellence Award for Memoir.

She’s the compiler and editor of WRITERS AND THEIR NOTEBOOKS a collection of essays written by esteemed writers who about their journal-keeping habits and how they use their journals as a source of inspiration. The book won the Eric Hoffer Award for University Presses (2011). The foreword is written by Phillip Lopate.

She has three poetry collections, DEAR ANAIS: MY LIFE IN POEMS FOR YOU, FOR YOU, winner of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Award For Poetry, MY MUSE UNDRESSES ME, and THE GUILT GENE.

For more information, please visit her website: and blog www.dianaraab/blog.


I received a free copy of this book in order to write the review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mohegan Sun Reality Check: Katie Stevens

On Sunday afternoon Katie Stevens had a performance at Mohegan Sun Casino as a part of their 15th year celebration and their Reality Check series. Visitors were treated to a short set by Katie, a Connecticut native made famous on Season 9 of American Idol.

She started her set with the Maroon 5 / Christina Aguilera cover of Moves Like Jagger, then went in to a Jill Scott song, Hate On Me.  She also did Adele’s Someone Like You.  After that she did a short Q&A session with the crowd where she was asked about her upcoming music (she is working on it but she doesn’t want to rush to put out something she doesn’t love and back 100%) and how she keeps her hair looking so great!

Her set then continued with the Beatles Oh Darlin, Who You Are by Jessie J and she finished her set with Etta James’ At Last.

Katie has an amazingly powerful voice and I wish her the best out in LA and working on her new material!

A video clip of Oh Darlin:

After her set, she did a signing for those interested.  She is a total sweetheart AND she likes my name.  I wonder why? 😉

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Accident on the way to Action Item

I guess I should consider myself lucky that it wasn’t until my 253rd concert that I got in an accident on the way there. (I’ve gotten in to 2 on the way home – both from John Mayer shows)

I was at a red light, wanting to turn left on to the street the concert venue was on Friday night.  The light turned green, but I waited because I didn’t know if the cars coming at me had a delayed green or not.  Since there was only 2 of them, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to wait.

Turns out, it did hurt to wait.  Before the cars that would be coming at me even started moving, a guy made a HUGE HUGE HUGE turn off the street I wanted to turn on to, went past 2 (empty) lanes and then I heard BOOM.  I knew it was going to happen but I couldn’t think of anything I could have done to have gotten out of the way of it.

Then the guy drove away!  The cars still hadn’t started moving so I followed him down the road. I at least wanted to get his license plate, even if he didn’t stop. He ended up pulling up on the curb so I pulled up right behind him and then a few witnesses pulled up too.

I called 911, asked for the police to come out and shortly after an officer came. I duly showed them the Utility Saving Expert insurance I had. Meanwhile I was texting with my friends letting them know I’d probably miss VIP because I had to wait for the police report and an attorney from a professional law corporation to show up.  And also with my mother – who was in shock that I got in an accident the day after my little brother did!  (Fortunately for me,  I went with her to help out my brother so I knew exactly what to pull out of the glove compartment before the cop came and what he’d be asking me) Both of us are ok too.

The other guy was at fault and I got the case number and came home after the show and put in the claim with insurance.  Someone’s going to have to check out the damage and then let me know what they’re giving me to fix it… and then I’ll have to figure out how to get it fixed AND balance getting to work. By the way, you should also find a good attorney to represent you, if you happen to be in a situation like this as there is so much you can miss out just because you do not know the drill. Should be a fun time.

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