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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: another sufferer recovers

Do you have CFS? Or know someone who does? I keep reading (ad nauseum) that there is no cure, but I beg to disagree. There is a way to get better.  I was fortunate to be able to help many people in all my years of practicing as a homeopath and nutritionist, and now I find that those reading my book on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are finding their way back to good health as well. Even though I am now retired from practice, this warms my heart more than I can say.

I discovered a new review on Amazon yesterday, from a woman who has been struggling with CFS for many years. She has been  diagnosed with high titers of the Epstein Barr virus. It was especially bad over the last two years. She followed my protocol and six weeks later is feeling remarkably better.  

Her review says it all. So awesome…

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. 

5.0 out of 5 stars If you have chronic fatigue or chronic Epstein-Barr virus, do yourself a favor and read this book.

November 1, 2017  

Not only does Diane Solomon write with clarity but she is also a gifted homeopath. From my decades of experience with homeopathy as a lay homeopath and having consulted many well-trained homeopaths, I have learned that in order to be a good prescriber one needs to be able to understand the unique characteristics of each remedy. Homeopathy is a blend of art and science. Having had chronic Epstein-Barr Virus for many years and having had it raise it’s ugly head more than a year ago causing immense fatigue, fevers, weakness, cascading chills, fainting spells, weight loss, etc. etc. I am finally seeing the light at the end of tunnel. After following Diane’s protocol, I’ve made great strides and am keeping my fingers crossed that after many misdiagnoses and failed attempts by both Western and Eastern healthcare providers, that I now am on the road to good health.


I am so grateful she took the time to write the review. And so glad I could help.

Chick Lit Central features “88 Guys for Coffee”!

Our funny but tender women’s fiction novel, “88 Guys for Coffee,” is featured on Chick Lit Central!  So great…

They say:

“Contemporary chick lit at its best, 88 Guys for Coffee is hilarious and heartbreaking, soul-searching and spiritual, loosely based on the five-year online dating saga the author endured before meeting her husband on Match.”

Thanks Chick Lit Central!


Terrific reviews for “88 Guys for Coffee”

I am so pleased that people seem to be enjoying “88 Guys for Coffee.” It is great that they take the time to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, so authors know how we are doing! 

REVIEWS for “88 Guys for Coffee”

Many thanks to Stacie Allen, who was a winner in our recent Goodreads Giveaway.

on August 1, 2017
What a GREAT book! I loved every page. I won the book in a Goodreads giveaway and was SO happy to be introduced to this great author. I’ll definitely add her to my favorites! I loved the title, the ending, and everything in-between! Easy to read (but hard to put down)… The title, description and other reviews give you lots, so I won’t repeat it all, but I will repeat — READ THIS, you won’t be disappointed!
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Also a few days before this, Mary Latela wrote a nice review, and thanks to her as well!
on July 26, 2017
Imagine that the love of your life has “moved on.” Imagine spending five years trying to find a good man – online! 88 Guys for Coffee is a funny, sad, all too real journey, and Laura is the character who won’t give up. She never changes her profile, yet she meets all kinds of guys, just for coffee.
Her true goal is to find a soulmate to come into her life and heal the loss of Kurt. She quickly analyzes the profile, deciding whether to send a wink or an email. The initial phone call is essential. If all looks well, there will be coffee. Laura’s best friend is Francesca, who appears from time to time, almost a guardian angel. Then there’s Hank, her friend. This is a book for people who seek love, who want to know what the on-line dating scene is like, or who eagerly read to see whether Laura finds a soulmate. Ms. Solomon knows Connecticut very well and it would be great to know more about her character, Laura. Diane L. Solomon tells a very good story, and I look forward to more stories from this new author.

Great review from Books From Dusk Till Dawn!

Great review: Thank you Susan Hampson of Books From Dusk Till Dawn!

5 Stars! What a great review! “OMG this is just such an hilarious book. I know I shouldn’t find pleasure in someone else’s down falls, but at times I just had to stop reading because I couldn’t see any more, it was just so very funny.”   READ MORE


Goodreads top reviewer gives “88 Guys for Coffee” 5 stars!

Goodreads top reviewer gives “88 Guys for Coffee” 5 stars! Thanks Dii! Due out tomorrow!…/show/35268557-88-guys-for-coffee … 

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Dii Bylo’s Goodreads Review:

“Should I laugh? Should I cry? Laugh until I cry? Diane Solomon’s 88 GUYS FOR COFFEE is proof that there IS light at the end of the tunnel of love and it is NOT an oncoming train! Grab a cup of coffee, wear your most comfy clothes and hang out the DO NOT DISTURB sign because this is a tale of the heart and soul of online dating for a woman who refused to believe that every prince is a frog in disguise.

This is Laura’s story, or rather her five year saga of looking for “Mr. Right for Me” after the coward she once thought of as her husband jumped ship like a thief in the night, stealing her self-respect, dignity, self-confidence and probably her favorite pan, (okay I just added the pan bit). This is the good, the bad and short and bald of false dating advertising, bait and switch pictures and the ones that got away, thank goodness!

Never tried online dating? Thinking about maybe giving it a go? Know someone, male or female who is thinking of looking for love or at least a decent person through the maze that is cyberspace? Read Diane Solomon’s88 GUYS FOR COFFEE first and feel, witness and learn, Grasshopper, because it may be a jungle out there, but our heroine, Laura has become a warrior in a world that can be terrifying and a guide to learning to love yourself first and the rest will fall in place when it is meant to.

Humorous, heartbreaking, eye-opening and filled with some truly wickedly funny scenes as lived and chronicled by Laura’s firsthand experience, Diane Solomon is sharing more than some wit and wisdom, she is sharing the kaleidoscope that is life, warts and all. It’s okay to feel horrified, mystified and justified for scoffing at online dating, just as it’s okay to maybe give it a try, then another try and maybe even another. It took our Laura 88 attempts, five years and gallons of coffee, gas and frog kisses, not to mention hours of her life she will never get back, but in the end, she found herself as much as she found her prince! Read it, laugh with it, roll with it, this is a sparkling gem for sure!”

I received this ARC edition from Diane Solomon in exchange for my honest review. (Okay, honestly, I read it almost month ago and have been waiting until closer to its release day!)

Publisher: Eloquent Rascals (June 1, 2017)
Publication Date: June 1, 2017
Genre: Humor | Women’s Fiction
Print Length: 220 pages
Available from: AmazonBarnes & Noble
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Carrie K’s Book Reviews gives “The Ravenstone” 5 stars!

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Many thanks to Carrie Kurtz of Carrie K’s Book Reviews for her wonderful review! So glad she loved it.


“There were honestly so many interesting things in this book!  It kept me wanting to read and I found myself trying to sneak in extra times to read a chapter or two.  As a matter of fact, I “went to bed” early so that I could finish it last night!

I will certainly be recommending this book!  Not just to children or middle graders, but to anyone who enjoys reading science fiction, fantasy, action, magical type genres.”  

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A wonderful review from Caroline of “Bits About Books”!


Oh, such a great review! Many thanks to Caroline of Bits About Books

Review of The Ravenstone, excerpts:

Homeschooling The Ravenstone Book cover“What an adventurous book and enthralling story this is!”

“I loved reading this adventurous and magical tale about the twins and their powers. Here is one book you won’t be putting down easily, whether you are an adult (young at heart) or a teen…”

“Diane Solomon and Mark Carey have woven an extraordinary story around the twins and the mirror-theme.”

“I loved reading it! To be recommended for everyone of whatever age, who enjoys an adventurous fantasy novel!”

Read the whole review for The Ravenstone from Bits About Books

Caroline writes about the book:

“I love reading about the 13-year-old twins Nadia and Aidan who live in Cold Spring, New York. They stumble upon a mysterious dark stone, hidden underneath a mirror in the attic. There is something magical about the mirror that only the twins can see. There is an old wizard in the mirror who beckons them. With him is a black raven. When the wizard disappears a single black feather is lying on the floor. How is that possible? Follow me and find out!”

Great new review! “This book really gave me goose bumps..An awesome read!”

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Many thanks to Susan Hampson of “Books From Dawn Till Dusk” for her great review!



“Diane Solomon and Mark Carey have made a formidable team creating a very original story line that links together very well. The use of a mirror and twins is very clever but also do check out the twins names and see if you can find anything unusual about them.  It is this attention, the going that extra mile, that makes this book very special. The detail of what life would be like in the past is super, with  writing that is very appropriate for middle grade readers. There are times in the book that will give an adrenaline rush but won’t leave the young readers frightened. This book really gave me goose bumps  which I have got again just writing about it. An awesome read!”


Wonderful intelligent book review from Quills and Roses!

quills-roses-twitterMark and I received a Christmas present today: a wonderful review from Quills and Roses.

Please forgive me if I toot a horn or two:

“…for the middle-grade category, this novel is up there with the greats.”

“The world is really interesting and well thought-out, and every leaf and branch is there, on the page.”

“The world is described so well that the magic practically jumps off the page and feels real. It’s absolutely wonderful.”

Thank you Sally of Quills and Roses!


Book Review Excerpt

“This novel kind of reminds me of those Magic Tree House books I used to love (anyone remember those? Or am I too old?). Except, with more sophisticated plotting and writing.

“There was a lot of suspense and mystery. The bad guys were terrifyingly bad and the good guys were cute and smart and good. Older readers may find that a bit too simple, but for the middle-grade category, this novel is up there with the greats.

“Conclusion: If you’ve ever wanted to go on a magical time travelling adventure with a pair of smart, inquisitive twins (or are doing some Christmas shopping for young, avid readers) be sure to check The Ravenstone out!”

Read book review here:  Quills and Roses Review of The Ravenstone 

Goodreads review: 5 Stars! “Simply magical!”

Thank you to Dianne Bylo, Top 1% Goodreads reviewer, for this incredible Goodreads review! “Simply magical!”

 “Diane Solomon and Mark Carey have created an atmosphere where one’s imagination can run free as two delightful characters are given the opportunity to help make a mark on the history of mankind.”

Raventsone cover   The Ravenstone: The Secret of Ninham Mountain            

Goodreads review from Dianne, 
Goodreads librarian & Top 1% Reviewer

Nov 02, 2016   4172 ratings (4.56 avg) 3965 reviews 

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Was it fate, destiny or their own special senses that put twins Aidan and Nadia on a path that will lead them across time in a quest to save both their father’s visionary scientific work and the very future of mankind? It all started in the attic of the old home they lived in. A mirror, ancient and dusty suddenly comes to life when a wizard and his raven appear to show them a hidden artifact that will lead them on a magical adventure filled with mystery, challenges and the search for one special plant that will open doors for both their scientist father and the world at large.

Follow a tale of two young children who place family and honor before the usual concerns of contemporary tweens more concerned with the latest electronic gadgets and spoon-fed tales filled with violence that leave their imaginations starving for sustenance. High adventure, hidden secrets in the past and experiences that one can only dream about take Aidan and Nadia into the world of the past that will reveal more about their present lives than they ever could have imagined. Are their special gifts a twin thing? What of the other twins in their family? Do they know of the secrets of the mirror? Notice anything about these siblings’ names?

Diane Solomon and mark Carey have created an atmosphere where one’s imagination can run free as two delightful characters are given the opportunity to help make a mark on the history of mankind. The Ravenstone: The Secret of Ninham Mountain is perfect for family reading, reading alone and definite will hold the interest of even the most reluctant of young readers! What more can one ask for? Age appropriate, believable dialogue and a keen sense of adventure into the unknown in an atmosphere free of gore that is simply magical!

I received this copy via Diane Solomon and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Authors: Diane Solomon & Mark Carey

Publisher: Eloquent Rascals Publishing (September 26, 2016)
Publication Date: September 26, 2016
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Print Length: 222 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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